From eNAPUS Legislative and Political Bulletin:
Over the past two months, sup-port of the Issa-Ross postal bill (H.R. 2309) has been limited to a number of daily newspapers, including the Washington Post, and Tea Party-leaning interest groups. The advertising-funded print media have never been fans of the Postal Service, because the industry views the USPS as a competitor — newspapers sell ad space and the USPS markets direct mail. Tea Party allies despise anything reeking of public service, and, therefore, cannot stomach the existence of a well-respected governmental agency. Hence, these groups advocate legislation that demeans the USPS. (The PMG mused about support at a March hearing, but within hours clarified his re-marks.)
As adopted by the House Over-sight and Government Reform Committee, the postal bill threat level, in Homeland Security par-lance, is Code Yellow, meaning “elevated” risk, rather than Code Orange or Code Red. In part, the risk assessment is based upon the potential for enactment, as drafted. Currently, the Commit-tee-approved bill, lacks the nec-essary level of support to bring the bill to the House floor for a vote. Unlike the Senate-passed bill, S. 1789, which garnered broad bipartisan support, the authors of H.R. 2309 are not making a concerted effort to expand its target group beyond the GOP. Also, rural GOP House members have publicly expressed deep concern about the Issa-Ross bill’s impact on their constituents. Consequently, Chairman Darrell Issa has reached out to GOP members of the Congressional Rural Caucus, led by Rep. Adrian Smith (NE), in an attempt to develop a series of amendments that could generate support within the House Republican Conference, a deficiency that has thus far precluded House action on the bill.