March 28, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Kathy Hochul (D-NY) yesterday was joined by Representatives Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and Kristi Noem (R-SD) in introducing the bipartisan Postal Executive Accountability Act, which limits compensation for executive officers of the United States Postal Service to the same level of pay as the President’s Cabinet.
“I was proud to work with my colleagues in introducing this bipartisan cost-saving measure during this time of record-high deficits,” said Rep. Kathy Hochul. “While American families are struggling to get by and the jobs of thousands of postal employees across the country remain in jeopardy, including 700 employees in Buffalo, it’s absurd to think the Postmaster General and his top executives are making significantly more than Cabinet Secretaries. This bill will cut the pay and substantial bonuses for USPS senior leadership.”
“When we’re trying to make tough choices with respect to the post office’s financial future, fiscal responsibility needs to start at the top,” said Rep. Morgan Griffith. “With our unprecedented financial problems, this bill proposes a common sense reform. I urge my colleagues to join us in this very reasonable bill.”
“As the postal service looks to curb costs by cutting rural services, they should look at all expenditures – and that includes top salaries and bonuses. The Post Master General shouldn’t be making more money than a Cabinet Secretary when the postal system is calling on Congress to help them stay solvent,” said Rep. Kristi Noem.
The Postal Executive Accountability Act would reinstate the longstanding policy of paying the Postmaster General and other USPS executives no more than the President’s Cabinet ($199,700 in FY2012). Additionally, this bill would prohibit the issuance of bonuses to USPS executive officers in years that the Postal Service closes any retail or processing facility.