PR: Issa/Ross Postal Reform Bill Will Include Amendment To Boot Out Retirement-Eligible Postal Workers
From the National Association of Postmasters of the US:
Postal Subcommittee to Vote on HR 2309 On Wednesday, the House Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, the Postal Service and Labor Policy will take up Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) postal legislation, HR 2309. NAPUS opposes the legislation for a number of reasons, including our strong belief that the bill would have a devastating effect on postal services to rural America. The bill seeks $1 billion in savings through closing post offices. The measure undermines a community’s lawful right to appeal an arbitrary or unsupported post office closure, eliminates the requirement that the Postal Service provide “a maximum degree of service” to rural areas, abolishes the prohibition against closing a post office solely for running a deficit, and creates a commission to close post offices.
Moreover, HR 2309 fails to address the core cause of the Postal Service’s immediate financial challenge by not requiring an accurate calculation of its retirement liability, a computation that two independent actuaries found to be arcane and inequitable, and resulted in $55-$75 billion in USPS overpayments.
Subcommittee Chairman Dennis Ross (R-FL) has circulated an amendment to the legislation that would double the amount that the USPS must save through closing mail processing plants, phases out front-door mail delivery, and reduces the postal workforce starting with retirement-eligible workers. In addition, the Ross amendment would require Alaska to pay the cost of “bypass mail”.
NAPUS anticipated consideration of HR 2309 at its recent National Convention and, last week, urged Postmasters to contact their representatives to oppose HR 2309. Should the subcommittee favorably report the legislation to the full Committee, it is expected the House Oversight and Government Reform committee will consider the measure in early October. It is believed the committee activity, in part, is due to Chairman Issa’s desire to submit HR 2309 to the Deficit Reduction Committee, alongside the President’s postal plan. It is unclear if the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will move a bill to present something to the Deficit Committee.
Call Your Representative TODAY –especially if he/she is a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee – to oppose H.R. 2309
Sections 103, 104 and 105 of the bill are especially harmful to rural America
Capitol Switchboard 202-224-312
read full eNAPUS Legislative & Political Bulletin .