National Association of Postal Supervisors supports House Oversight Committee’s postal reform bill

The National Association of Postal Supervisors today announced its support for postal reform legislation championed by a bipartisan group of leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, including Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD). The legislative proposal, the Postal Reform Act of 2017, H.R. 756, is set for a hearing on Tuesday and could be approved by the HOGR Committee by the end of February.

The legislation, H.R. 756, would help to restore the financial solvency of the Postal Service and reduce the Postal Service’s heavy burden to prefund its retiree health benefit obligation, a long-standing source of Congressional concern. It also would establish a more equitable calculation of the Postal Service’s pension and health benefit liabilities and achieve savings through the integration of Medicare and FEHBP health benefits. In addition, the bill would provide greater product and pricing flexibility to the Postal Service and assure due process rights of all Postal Service managerial employees.

In endorsing the measure, NAPS President Brian J. Wagner said the major priorities of postal reform were addressed in H.R. 756.  “Postal reform needs to maintain prompt service for all Americans, address the burdens that harm the Postal Service’s financial health, and infuse greater innovation into the postal system,” Wagner said.   “H.R. 756 advances these priorities and has earned the support of the National Association of Postal Supervisors.”

 The bill is a high priority for House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz.  Chaffetz recently told panel members at a goal-setting organizational meeting that last year’s efforts on postal reform served as a “good starting point” towards getting a postal reform bill on President Trump’s desk before this session ended. The Postal Service is on a financial trajectory that is unsustainable and we need to engage in bipartisan postal reform,” Chaffetz said.

Tuesday’s House hearing on H.R. 756 starts at 10 am ET and can be viewed on the HOGR website.

NAPS President Brian Wagner sent the following letter to House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings:

Dear Chairman Chaffetz and Ranking Member Cummings:

I write to thank you and your colleagues for your bipartisan efforts to restore the financial solvency of the United States Postal Service and ensure the efficient and affordable nationwide delivery of mail through the introduction of the Postal Reform Act of 2017, H.R. 756. In our view, meaningful reform of our nation’s postal system needs to maintain prompt service for all Americans, address burdens that harm the Postal Service’s financial health, and infuse greater innovation into the postal system. Your comprehensive reform legislation advances these priorities and has earned the support of the National Association of Postal Supervisors.

The Postal Reform Act of 2017 Would reduce the Postal Service’s Onerous burden to prefund its retiree health benefit obligations. The legislation would also establish a more equitable calculation of the Postal Service’s pension and health benefit liabilities and achieve savings through the integration of Medicare and FEHBP health benefits. And it would provide greater product and pricing flexibility to the Postal Service and assure due process rights of all Postal Service managerial employees.

We encourage the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and others charged with responsibility to consider H.R. 756 to report the bill to the House floor as promptly as possible. Thank you for your leadership and your continued efforts to assure the delivery of prompt, affordable mail service to all Americans.

Sincerely,
Brian J. Wagner National President

NAPS also issued the following legislative update on the bill:

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