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Postal workers alliance sends letter to Issa opposing latest reform proposal

The four unions representing rank and file postal workers have sent the following letter to Darrel Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, and Elijah Cummings, the Ranking Member:

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Dear Mr. Issa and Mr. Cummings:

We write to share our views on the hearing held on April 8, 2014 on the President’s proposals in the FY 2015 budget regarding the U.S. Postal Service. We write on behalf of nearly 500,000 postal employees who live and work in every Congressional District in America and who belong to our unions. We respectfully request that this letter be included in the record of the hearing. Read the rest of this entry »

APWU: USPS Needs Real Reform – Not More Austerity

APWU Web News Article #064-14, April 9, 2014

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)

The Postal Service needs real reform — not the austerity proposed by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and the White House, APWU President Mark Dimondstein said after an April 8 hearing by a House committee. The hearing of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which Rep. Issa chairs, focused on White House budget items concerning the Postal Service. Unfortunately, Issa found a lot to like in the administration’s proposals.

President Dimondstein’s remarks are below:

“Yesterday’s hearing by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, focused on a White House budget that would harm service, drive away business, and eliminate jobs. It calls for the immediate end of Saturday delivery and would allow the Postal Service to begin to shift from door delivery to centralized delivery. Many of the concepts in the administration’s budget can be found in H.R. 2748, a bill sponsored by Rep. Darrell Issa.

“The proposed budget also fails to eliminate the pre-funding requirement of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, which is the fundamental cause of the Postal Service’s manufactured financial crisis. Instead, it would simply restructure the payments. The pre-funding requirement is consistently cited as justification for shuttering mail processing plants, lowering service standards and slowing the mail.

“These budget proposals were first developed in 2011 and have been repeated in proposals since then. They weren’t worthy proposals then and they certainly aren’t now.

“With the Postal Service posting operating profits in mail and package delivery, there is absolutely no justification to continue a strategy of austerity. Instead of damaging the infrastructure and network that is essential for providing service, the Postal Service must expand service. The recent report by USPS Office of Inspector General that endorses offering financial services is the exactly the kind of innovation that is needed.”

 

OMB Deputy Director testifies at Issa postal reform hearing

TESTIMONY OF BRIAN C. DEESE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET BEFORE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM

April 8, 2014

omb-logoMr. Chairman, Ranking Member Cummings, and members of the Committee, thank you for your invitation to discuss the President’s proposal for reform of the U.S. Postal Service.

The Administration recognizes the value the Postal Service adds to the Nation’s commerce and communications, and its essential role in stitching together the vast expanse of our country and connecting America with the global economy. For years the Postal Service has ranked among the most trusted Federal agencies, and it provides reliable and affordable universal service to millions of Americans. Read the rest of this entry »

Video: Issa eyes privatizing US Postal Service

King of hearings Rep. Darrell Issa continues his relentless attack against the United States Postal Service. Ed Schultz and Mark Dimondstein discuss.

Issa eyes privatizing US Postal Service | MSNBC.

Issa introduces bill to end Saturday mail delivery, use savings to increase military pensions (seriously!)

Darrell-Issa-007Congressman Darrell Issa has introduced a bill that would allow the US Postal Service to stop delivering regular mail on Saturdays. Package deliveries would continue six days a week.

In a somewhat peculiar move, the Saturday service cut is included in a bill to reverse a reduction in cost of living adjustments for some retired military veterans that was part of the bipartisan Paul Ryan/Patty Murray budget deal.

Why the link? Issa claims that over the next 10 years the delivery cuts would save $17 billion- more than triple the budget savings provided by the military COLA reduction.

There’s just one little problem with Issa’s scheme, of course: since the USPS is funded by its own revenue, and is “off-budget”, reductions in USPS expenses have no direct impact on the federal budget. Read the rest of this entry »

Ed Schultz video: Darrell Issa just doesn’t like government agencies that work (like the USPS!)

Congressman Darrell Issa wants to hold hearing after hearing to attack government agencies that work. Representative Peter Defazio joins Ed to talk about the attack on the United States Postal Service and Healthcare.gov.

Read more: The Critic: Rep. Darrell Issa | MSNBC.

Darrell Issa: Poster boy for our disgraceful Congress

A poll recently found that “Americans currently have a higher opinion of witches (46/32), jury duty (73/18) and hemorrhoids (53/31) than Congress.”

In today’s New York Times, Bloomberg’s Albert R. Hunt reminds us of some of the causes of our disgust with our legislators. Not surprisingly, most of the blame falls on the radical “tea party” wing of the Republican Party, which has been allowed to block legislation supported by majorities in both Houses of Congress. But Hunt’s poster child for our disgraceful Congress isn’t a tea party true believer- it’s the consummate opportunist (and self anointed postal service “watchdog”), Darrell Issa:

Darrell-Issa-007This session, Representative Darrell Issa, the California Republican who is chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has held hearings on the Internal Revenue Service, the deaths of Americans in Libya, the Affordable Care Act and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. The proceedings have been characterized by unsubstantiated charges, rogue behavior, misleading leaks and a refusal to consider anything that might prove contrary to the chairman’s objectives.

With a reckless disregard for facts, Mr. Issa habitually calls his targets liars. He has been an embarrassment to more than a few fellow Republicans.

I suppose postal workers can take some solace from the fact that Issa’s cynical obsession with turning the Benghazi tragedy into political hay left him less time for more of his “hearings” on the USPS. (Why do they call them “hearings” anyway? The guy who puts them on obviously doesn’t “listen”!)

Hunt’s solution to our national disgrace?

The only way this spiral ends is an election that either ratifies or repudiates the Republican right.

Let’s hope it’s the latter!

Read more: Lawmakers Pass Blame, but Not Bills – NYTimes.com.

Issa Applauds Canada Post for Ending Door to Door Delivery

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Press release from Darrell Issa:

WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., today applauded Canada Post, the Canadian postal service, for moving to phase out expensive to-the-door delivery for paper mail. Chairman Issa, chief sponsor of H.R. 2748, the Postal Reform Act of 2013, has advanced similar reforms.

“As technology advances, the Canadian people are changing the way they use paper mail. Canada Post has recognized this reality and responded to it. The Canadian government is supportive of its decision to modernize,” said Chairman Issa. “The American people have also changed the way they use paper mail and the cash-strapped United States Postal Service must respond accordingly. Likewise, Congress and the Administration need to grant USPS the flexibility to modernize its mail delivery and eliminate unnecessary costs.”

The vast majority of American homes do not receive expensive to-the-door delivery, but instead receive less expensive curbside or centralized delivery. The Postal Reform Act, which was approved by the Committee in July, would require USPS to transition 30 million delivery points over 10 years. This provision will save the financially distressed USPS at least $4 billion per year and is one of the largest opportunities for USPS savings.

Canada Post ended expensive Saturday delivery of paper mail for its customers in 1969. Issa’s legislation would also allow USPS to do the same, saving additional billions. A Senate companion bill also includes provisions to end the forced delivery of paper mail on Saturdays and delivery point modernization.

Postcom: Issa set to move on postal “reform” bill?

Darrell Issa has held countless hearings and made numerous statements about his concept of postal “reform”, but he’s never actually gotten around to producing a bill that even his own GOP colleagues would support.

Is he finally going to come up with one? Maybe, according to Postcom:

Word has it that House Government Oversight and Reform Committtee chairman Darrell Issa will be convening his full committee next Wednesday for a hearing on postal reform. Word also has it that his plan is to move to markup the week thereafter.

The Ed Show Video: USPS remains under attack

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The Ed Show: US Postal Service remains under attack.