Fed to equip electric cars to Postal Service

Gerald E. Connolly of Virginia and Eleanor Holmes Norton of DC

A bill to replace the US Postal Service delivery vehicle fleet with American made electric motor vehicles was introduced on February 26, 2010 by Gerald E. Connolly of Virginia and Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton of Washington, DC. 

This bill has been referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Coincidentally, Connolly is a member of that committee as is Norton. 

H. R. 4711 is titled “Postal Service Electric Motor Vehicle Act.” 

The bill is designed for replacement of US Postal Service delivery vehicles with electric vehicles. 

The bill requires the US Postal Service to buy vehicles manufactured in the United States. 

Additionally, the Postal Service will be required to annually submit a detailed accounting of the expenditures made, savings realized, and revenues received. 

Democratic Representative Gerald Connolly of Virginia was born in 1950. He was first elected to serve in the US House of Representatives in 2008. Prior to that he served on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for 14 years.  Connolly voted for the stimulus package and health care bill. He serves on the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service and the District of Columbia; and the Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization, and Procurement. 

Democratic Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton was born in 1937. She has served in the House of Representatives since 1991. Norton was the first woman to chair the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. A civil rights and feminist leader, tenured law professor of law, and board member of three Fortune 500 companies rounds out her resume. As a Delegate, she is able to serve on and vote with committees but is not permitted to vote on final passage of any legislation because she is not a full member of Congress. 

HR 4711 


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