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H.R. 8109 (116th): Nonpartisan Postmaster General Act of 2020

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About the bill

Right now, basically anybody can be nominated to run the U.S. Postal Service, but should there should be limits on who can serve in the position?


The U.S. Postal Service is the single most popular federal government agency, due in no small part to its historically nonpartisan reputation. A March survey from Pew Research Center found the USPS received 91 percent approval from the American public, by far the highest of any agency polled.

In 2020, The Postal Service’s historically nonpartisan reputation was dealt a blow, due to recent changes in its leadership — particularly a controversial new postmaster general.

First, a quick primer on how the USPS is set up. The organization is run by a Board of Governors consisting of up to 11 members, of whom …

Sponsor and status

Carolyn Maloney

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 12th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Oct 27, 2020
Length: 8 pages
Aug 25, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on September 16, 2020, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


22 Cosponsors (22 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Update: Getting the FDNY the $ it Deserves, Kodak Investigation Update, Protecting Pregnant Workers
    — Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12] (Sponsor) on Sep 18, 2020

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates new spending due to H.R. 8109 will be negligible.


Aug 25, 2020

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Sep 16, 2020
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Oct 27, 2020
Reported by House Committee on Oversight and Reform

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

H.R. 8109 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 8109. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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