House Passes Chair Maloney and Ranking Member Comer’s Bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act
Washington, D.C. (February 8, 2022)—Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. James Comer, Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, issued the following statements after the U.S. House of Representatives passed their bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act in a bipartisan vote of 342-92:
“The American people asked for critical reforms to the Postal Service, and Ranking Member Comer and I delivered,” said Chairwoman Maloney. “Today’s historic bipartisan vote brings us one step closer to finally putting the Postal Service on a sound financial footing so it can continue serving all Americans for years to come. I call on Majority Leader Schumer to bring this critical reform bill to the Senate floor for a vote as soon as possible. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get this critical reform done to preserve and strengthen the Postal Service for future generations.”
“Today the People’s House delivered bipartisan legislation to modernize the Postal Service and ensure it remains a viable American institution,” said Ranking Member Comer. “The Postal Service Reform Act bolsters operational efficiencies, helps cement Postmaster General DeJoy’s reform plan, provides key oversight tools to enhance transparency, and ensures the six-day delivery of mail and packages for all Americans. These reforms ensure the Postal Service continues as an independently operated organization that Americans can continue to rely on for the years to come. With today’s strong vote, the Senate should take up this legislation without delay to place the Postal Service on the track to financial sustainability.”
The Postal Service’s financial condition has been deteriorating over the past decade due to a number of factors. The provisions included in the Postal Service Reform Act are critical to helping the Postal Service remain financially viable and ensuring it provides the high quality of service Americans expect and deserve. These provisions include Medicare integration, repealing a requirement for the Postal Service to pre-fund retiree health benefits, increased transparency of delivery service, reporting on Postal Service operations and finances, a requirement that the Postal Service deliver mail six days per week, and other matters.
Committee Members Reps. Gerald E. Connolly, Virginia Foxx, Stephen F. Lynch, and Brenda L. Lawrence contributed substantially to the development of the Postal Service Reform Act.
The following groups have endorsed the bill: The Greeting Card Association; Keep Us Posted; the National Association of Postal Supervisors; Sylvamo; Amazon; Hallmark Cards; the National Rural Letter Carrier Association; National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE); National Postal Mail Handlers Association; Publishers Clearing House; the Vermont Country Store; King Arthur Flour; Gardener’s Supply Company; National Association of Letter Carriers; American Postal Workers Union; Package Shipping Association; United Postmasters and Managers of America; Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service; American Catalog Mailers Association; American Forest & Paper Association; Association of National Advertisers; Envelope Manufacturers Association;
Major Mailers Association; MailersHub; National Association of Presort Mailers; National Newspaper Association; National Postal Policy Council; National Retail Federation; News Media Alliance; Printing United Alliance; Retail Industry Leaders Association; Saturation Mailers Coalition; The Package Coalition and BCC Software.
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