04/06/2017 – In order to have a healthy, sustainable, public Postal Service, legislation is necessary to protect postal customers and postal workers from USPS’s current financial crisis. The bi-partisan Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) of 2006 largely caused this crisis, sending the Postal Service on a severe downward spiral. The PAEA mandated the Postal Service “pre-fund” 100 percent of its retiree health benefit liabilities, 75 years into the future. Continue reading
From the American Postal Workers Union:
03/20/2017 — On March 16, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee “marked-up” and approved the Postal Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756). A mark-up is a formal process where a congressional committee can consider and amend a bill before advancing it to the full House of Representatives or Senate.
Recognizing the need to set the Postal Service on sound financial footing, the APWU supported H.R. 756 advancing through committee. The favorable vote to move the bill out of the Oversight Committee is one of several key steps in a lengthy legislative process. Continue reading
Washington, D.C. – A measure authored by Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11) was unanimously adopted by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee as a part of the bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act (H.R. 756), which has been years in the making. Congressman DeSaulnier’s amendment would require the United States Postal Service (USPS) to provide Congressional offices with at least 10-days of advance notice regarding any closure, sale, movement, or reduction of operations of a post office in their district. Continue reading
Alexandria, VA – The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) is deeply disappointed the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform approved the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017, H.R. 756, without addressing the serious concerns of 76,000 postal retirees who would be forced to enroll in Medicare under the bill. Continue reading
From the National Association of Postal Supervicors:
By a broad, bipartisan voice vote, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday cleared postal reform legislation, the Postal Reform Act of 2017, H.R. 756, intended to set the U.S. Postal Service on a firmer financial footing. Continue reading
Jerry Stidman, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for APWU National President last year, has accused the APWU and the other postal unions of supporting the latest postal reform bill in order to boost sales of their union sponsored health insurance plans.
I want to state my personal opposition to H.R. 756, the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017. This is a major concession on postal reform and one that will hurt all federal employees.
It would appear the unions of the post office have adopted support of this legislation to improve their ability to sell their health insurance plans. Continue reading
Congress returned to business in January to a transformed capitol city. We have a new president and one-party control of the federal government.
Fortunately, postal reform has strong bipartisan support and our goals have not changed. Our strategy, of course, will have to change to reflect the new landscape. Continue reading
02/07/2017 – On Feb. 7, a hearing was held before the full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756). The legislation, introduced on Jan. 31, is sponsored by the Oversight Committee’s Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD) as well as Representatives Mark Meadows (R-NC), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Dennis Ross (R-FL) and Stephen Lynch (D-MA). H.R.756 is very similar, but an improved version, to the postal reform legislation passed out of the committee in May 2016. Continue reading
Here are the prepared statements submitted by participants in today’s hearing:
- Megan Brennan, Postmaster General of the United States, and CEO of the US Postal Service
- Robert G. Taub, Chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission
- Lori Rectanus, Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues, U.S. Government Accountability Office
- Arthur Sackler, Manager, Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service
- Fredric V. Rolando, President, National Association of Letter Carriers