The following is a legislative update from the National Association of Postmasters of the United States:
Postmaster General Legislative and Financial Briefing
On Tuesday, February 15, President Bob Rapoza and Director of Government Relations Bob Levi attended a postal briefing conducted by Postmaster General Pat Donahoe, Chief Financial Officer Joseph Corbett and Vice President for Government Relations Marie Therese Dominguez. Also attending were the presidents and legislative staff of the other postal employee organizations.
The presentation covered President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2012 Budget, the Postal Service’s 5-Year Plan, and a new legislative package that the Postal Service shared with Senators Tom Carper and Susan Collins. The President’s budget proposal would grant modest financial relief to the Postal Service, and strives to provide the USPS access to the $55 billion in pension overpayments. The USPS argues that the 5 year trend lines for postal solvency are dispiriting – even with aggressive administrative action – and that a comprehensive legislative approach, which includes a reduction in delivery frequency is required. The USPS’ new legislative package to the Senate includes a series of amendments that would make it easier to close Post Offices and would deny communities the right to appeal closures to the Postal Regulatory Commission. NAPUS has already registered our strong opposition to this proposal to Senators Carper and Collins.