Senators Tim Kaine (D) and Mark Warner (R) have sent a letter to the leadership of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The letter, co-signed by 15 other senators, states that “a critical component of any comprehensive postal reform bill” should be the improvement of mail delivery service.
“While the importance of reliable mail delivery for customers, especially those living in rural areas, has not changed, the Postal Service’s ability to perform that service has substantially declined.For any comprehensive postal reform bill to have a chance of passing this Congress, it needs to truly address the key problem facing customers across the country, which is the need for better service performance.”
The letter can be read in its entirety here
Meanwhile, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently released a cost-estimate on the Postal Service Reform Act (HR 5714). Because of the uncertainty currently surrounding Congress’s lame-duck session regarding its agenda and timeline, it’s not likely that any action will be taken on the bill before the next session of Congress.
The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) continues to work with House and Senate committee leaders to help ensure that the final legislation addresses the needs of letter carriers and their customers.
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