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
Here is a detailed summary of the postal reform bill introduced last week by a bipartisan group of Congressmen:
Postal Service Reform Act of 2017
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The US Postal Service released the following statement from Postmaster General Megan Brennan:
“I thank Chairman Jason Chaffetz, Ranking Member Elijah Cummings as well as other members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee including Representatives Mark Meadows, Gerry Connolly, Stephen Lynch, and Dennis Ross, for introducing a bipartisan postal reform bill that is fiscally responsible and that if passed would enable the Postal Service to invest in the future and to continue to provide affordable, reliable, and secure delivery service to every business and home in America. Enactment of the bill, favorable resolution of the Postal Regulatory Commission’s pricing system review, and continued aggressive management actions will return the Postal Service to financial stability.”
— Postmaster General & CEO Megan Brennan
Note: for more information on the bill, click here
The House Oversight Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday, February 7 at 10AM ET to consider the latest postal “reform” bill.
From the Committee announcement: Continue reading
Alexandria, VA – National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) urged members of Congress to oppose the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017, H.R. 756, which was introduced yesterday by House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-UT, along with the co-sponsorship of Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings, D-MD, and Reps. Mark Meadows, R-NC, Dennis A. Ross, R-FL, Gerald E. Connolly, D-VA, and Stephen F. Lynch, D-MA.
NARFE President Richard G. Thissen issued the following statement: Continue reading
From the House Oversight Committee:
WASHINGTON – Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee leaders introduced H.R. 756, the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017. The bill addresses unfunded liabilities of the United States Postal Service (USPS), makes reforms to keep mailing costs affordable for consumers, and encourages innovation, all without additional borrowing capacity from the U.S. taxpayer.