Chair Maloney, Ranking Member Comer Applaud Announced House Vote on Bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act

Feb 4, 2022
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (February 4, 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 House leadership announced that the U.S. House of Representatives will vote next week on their bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act:

 

“The U.S. Postal Service is a lifeline to millions of Americans who rely on their services, but without action from Congress, the Postal Service’s future is in grave danger,” said Chairwoman Maloney.  “The Postal Service Reform Act will save the Postal Service from financial ruin and will preserve and strengthen this vital institution for generations to come.  A sound future for the Postal Service transcends political parties, and I thank Ranking Member Comer for working with me on this historic bipartisan legislation that will help the Postal Service better serve the American people.”

 

“I’m pleased the House of Representatives plans to vote next week on the bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act,” said Ranking Member Comer. “Americans and small businesses around the country, whether in rural communities or cities, rely on the Postal Service for their mail, packages, medicine, newspapers, and more.  The Postal Service Reform Act, coupled with the business plan being implemented by Postmaster General DeJoy and the USPS Board of Governors, delivers much needed reforms and places the Postal Service on the path towards financial sustainability as an independent organization.  The bill will help bring needed efficiencies to the Postal Service while ensuring it continues to provide the best service to its customers across the nation.  I’m proud of the bipartisan support for this critical legislation, and I appreciate the partnership of Chairwoman Maloney in authoring this bill.”

 

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.

 

Click here to read the Postal Service Reform Act.

 

Click here to read the two-pager on the Postal Service Reform Act.

 

Click here to read letters of support for the Postal Service Reform Act.

 

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117th Congress