Sen. Carper Statement on Rep. Issa’s Postal Reform Act

WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security, released a statement in response to the introduction of the Postal Reform Act by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Sen. Carper introduced the Postal Operations Sustainment and Transformation (POST) Act last month.

“While I welcome Congressman Issa’s interest in finding solutions to the Postal Service’s serious financial challenges, I, unfortunately, have deep concerns about the approach taken in the legislation put forward today,” said Sen. Carper. “This bill appears to assume that the Postal Service will undergo a complete financial collapse in the coming months. Instead of preventing a catastrophic collapse from happening, this bill would abdicate responsibility for cleaning up what would be a colossal financial disaster both for the Postal Service and the broader economy to a newly-created government entity. This is unacceptable. No practical solution for the Postal Services’ serious financial woes should allow them to go belly up and jeopardize our fragile economic recovery, along with the jobs of some 7 million employees in the mailing industry who depend on a healthy Postal Service.

“We know what needs to happen to put the Postal Service on the right path. Congress just needs to have the courage to do what is necessary to make that happen. Namely, Congress needs to stop acting like a 535-member Board of Directors – each protecting their individual parochial prerogatives – and finally give the Postal Service the freedom and flexibility we always say they should have to make the tough, but necessary, businesses decisions needed to survive and even thrive in the long term. We are just beginning the process of finding a legislative solution to the Postal Service’s problems, but we must act quickly to address this dire situation. I look forward to working with Congressman Issa and Senator Collins to find common ground on this issue.”

11 thoughts on “Sen. Carper Statement on Rep. Issa’s Postal Reform Act

  1. Let us jump to the final chapter. Issa has a stake in the electronic mailing industry. He was at the electronics convention in Las Vegas as a private citizen not a congressman. His actions are too blatantly a conflict of interest. Why can’t the Cleveland police department be pro-union and release the mugshots of herr-Issa after being arrested for grand theft auto. Once these photos are released then a major mailing should be sent to every constituent in his district. He wants to play hardball with a fragile economy and cut wages and jobs now .TIME FOR THE TRUTH ABOUT ISSA.

  2. Good thinking Top Heavy! You hate unions like we good family values, freedom loving conservatives because they are commie and they make a good American Corporation pay more than 2 bucks a day. Down with unions because they are anti-freedom!

  3. I really like what Wisconsin is doing. The unions are a road block for all employees. Some employees need unions. If management could be trusted on each local level then employees would have to review and change their work habits. That is actually good for them even if they do not like it. I would love to see the results of this question on job performance review, How well do you work with others?

  4. Amen feduppostman, I also think management could care less about the service. All the employees know it also. It is very political in many offices and it all depends on who you are with management. Yes they have to make decisions that the office must live with, but it is all about who one is. That makes the service employees processing mail mad so they play around with bad service just because of the nature of their office. I would love to see private sector management. Not from harvard though real life experience management. Another problem is management comes up from the ranks. There is no personnel training. One has to know how to manage people. Postal reputation is one that is antiquated. A lot of service employees have very bad work habits also. They could not be employed anywhere else. Most locations have their own unique craziness. Post Office is a people service type business. The post office looks unprofessional and the reputation is the same. Hope someone comes in and cleans house. Now that would help. Some change is good. People are not prepared for it. They will be the complainers.

  5. May be Coutland you are thinking like Issa. Just because you are educated does not beat experiences in the Postal Service most of the time.
    I always said give me a manager who has walk the walk and not one who ‘s fresh out of college and just talk the talk .
    I will never believe my daughter because she hold a master degree will ever know more about the USPS just by becoming a manager right off the street compare to my 35 year working experiences for the post office.
    You all complains about all the wrong people and I wonder how many of you all have call,wrote, emailed crooked Issa office about the future of your jobs. The Republicans using one stone to destroy the middle class and the unions. Wake up America quit the -itching and get to fighting to keep your jobs andto keep a rightful standard of living for the middle class.

  6. This whole thing is an inside job. In fact, I believe the whole economic disaster created by the Neocons, is the old classic “Starve the Beast” scenario from the Reagan days. Now the climate is ripe to kill all the social programs, giving more money to the powerful and wealthy. The middle class in this country will be extinct by 2030.

  7. The people in management of the USPS do not care about the USPS. All they care about is self preservation. Think about this. The only thing that needs to be done is to eliminate half of all eas and pces employees. We have twice as many of these people as we need. Everybody knows it. I am willing to bet 40 to 50 thousand eas and pces are eligible to retire but refuse to do so. I would like tommorrows headline to read ” new pmg orders 50,000 eas , pces to retire or be laid off by years end “. This would save the postal service 8 to 10 billion. This would save the USPS.

  8. the postal service can cut jobs, close stations and processing plants all they want. these measures will not help. How can you bring in revenue, if your trying to make yourself obsolete? The postal service needs to bring back customer service by making the window clerks and letter carriers the focal point of their business. Customer service needs to be the focal point of your business. When you cut that, just as the postal service has, what do you Have left?

  9. What needs to happen first and far most top management must be replaced with members of the private sector. Young fresh Havard type educated people that have a future career well ahead of themselves. These people will have the fight and willness to bring fresh and new concepts to the now outdated USPS.

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