Senator Carper Responds To Washington Post’s Editorial On USPS

Here is a letter to the editor of the Washington Post from Senator Tom Carper, (D-Delaware)

Postal Service’s problems are many, but there are solutions

While I welcome The Post’s interest in the financial crisis facing the U.S. Postal Service, I was disappointed that the Dec. 7 editorial “Failure to deliver” did not mention the numerous hearings I’ve held on this issue as well as the comprehensive legislation to address this crisis that I introduced this fall.

My bill, the Postal Operations Sustainment and Transformation Act, would fix the Postal Service’s broken retiree benefits system, streamline operations and allow the Postal Service to offer additional products and services that can make money. It would require all parties – postal management, employees and customers – to make sacrifices. It also would get Congress out of the way by providing the flexibility and tools necessary to address the problems plaguing the Postal Service in an effective way.

I agree with the editorial that leadership and shared sacrifice are needed to fix the Postal Service’s financial problems. But to say there’s been no congressional leadership on this issue is flat-out wrong.

Tom Carper, Washington