WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., expressed strong disappointment that Congress will not vote on Senator Coburn’s amendment that would free the Postal Service to make one change it believes is necessary to reduce costs. Specifically, Senate Amendment 68, which Corker has cosponsored, would strike language in the CR that could mandate six-day delivery. The Postal Service estimates it would save roughly $2 billion a year by moving to five-day delivery for some postal products.
“This is typical Washington—wanting to have our cake and eat it, too. We all know that we need to allow the Postal Service the flexibility to make necessary reforms and cut costs so it can operate more efficiently and effectively, and yet Congress continues to stand in the way. This is a missed opportunity to enable the Postal Service to enact reforms it sees are necessary in order to reduce risk for taxpayers.”
The above news clip was received earlier this evening and is good news for postal customers and employees of the Postal Service. Senator Corker, quoted above, as well as Senator Coburn and other senators who had co-sponsored the bill, despite their rhetoric, are not concerned about the Postal Service and its customers. The amendment was introduced by them as the result of monied interests who are pressing to have the Postal Service privatized.
If certain members of Congress, as well as lobbyists who are paying them to do this, succeed in eliminating six-day (Saturday) delivery, it will begin a downward spiral in service and ultimately would result in the Postal Service being privatized. Privatization would result in limited service and higher costs. It would also eliminate thousands of good paying jobs. Ultimately, it would become a carbon copy of WalMart, making billions in profits while paying slave wages.
There are two bills now before Congress that would put the Postal Service back on the road to economic stability. They are S.316 in the Senate and H.R. 630 in the House. You have not yet called your representatives to urge them to support these bills, you should do so at your earliest convenience.
Again, the fact that amendment 68 to the CR will not be voted on is a victory for the Postal Service’s employees and America’s customers.
This battle has been won but the war is far from over.
We’ll keep you posted.