APWU calls postal reform bill “a positive step forward”

02/07/2017On 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

Testimony from today’s hearing on HR 756 postal reform bill

Here are the prepared statements submitted by participants in today’s hearing:

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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.

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PMG supports bi-partisan postal reform bill

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

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Mailing Industry Offers Support for Postal Reform Act of 2017

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service (C21) expressed its support for HR 756, the Postal Reform Act of 2017, introduced by a bipartisan group of Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, including its leaders.  The Postal Service is in deep financial trouble, and this bill would constructively address, among other things, retiree health obligations that account for many $ billions in postal red ink. Continue reading

Catalog Mailers Back House Oversight Committee’s New Postal Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The American Catalog Mailers Association wholeheartedly endorses the just-released Postal Service Reform Act of 2017, a critical milestone toward resolving the health of our nation’s Postal Service, which drives some 7.5 million jobs and $1.4 trillion in commerce. The bill was introduced by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on January 31st.

“We are delighted with the progress to resolve an enormous problem that only Congress can solve, and the House seems intent on doing just that,” says Bob Runke, ACMA’s Vice Chairman and CEO of Barco Products. “We commend Chairman Chaffetz, Ranking Member Cummings and the bipartisan co-sponsors for all their hard work in the past session and their leadership in the new Congress.” Continue reading

NARFE Urges Opposition to House Postal Reform Bill

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

Bi-partisan postal reform bill introduced in the House

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.

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