Some people gather tens of thousands of signatures to request a stamp be
issued, and are turned down. Some chair Senate committees, and get their
stamps. The Postal Service today announced it's adding a stamp this summer
marking the 400th anniversary of European settlement in the Southwest.
of the Southwest - 1598
It had been requested, almost demanded, by Senate Budget Committee chairman
Pete Domenici of New Mexico, and Washington Post stamp columnist Bill
McAllister tells the Stamp Collecting
Forum that's awfully persuasive. "The Postmasters
General have to bow to the political realities of Washington, and keeping
Senator Domenici happy just happens to be one of the realities "of the
moment," he said.
The Postal Service brags that it doesn't receive one cent of taxpayer money
to deliver the mail, but McAllister says Congress still wields a lot of
power. "It doesn't get money, that's true, but it can also have money taken
away from it."
Postal Service spokesman Barry Ziehl says the stamp was never ruled out.
"The CSAC -- did have this stamp on the agenda," he told the Virtual Stamp Club. "They were just mulling over the different designs that
were possible to celebrate this subject."
Ziehl says the delay in announcing the stamp for this year was coming up
with the design. "The Committee members were working with different
designs, and were struggling to get the right design that sent the right
message and told the historical significance of these expeditions."
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