Issa Statement on Postal Service Decision to Stop Making Retirement Contributions

June 22, 2011

WASHINGTON- Today, in response to the United States Postal Service (USPS) announcement that they will stop making employer’s contributions for the defined benefit portion of the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) for their employees, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif. issued the following statement:

“The United States Postal Service, our nation’s second largest employer, is now past the brink of insolvency. This would not be tolerated in a private company. Incredibly, the unprecedented action to suspend these payments will only offer USPS an additional $800 million through the end of the year in liquidity, not even 10 percent of their projected deficit of $8.3 billion. USPS needs fundamental structural and financial reforms to cut costs and protect taxpayers from an expensive bailout.”

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