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VIDEO: Harder Votes to Pass US Postal Service Reform Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Josh Harder voted to pass the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022. The bill will ensure the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) delivers at least six days per week, creates a public-facing, online dashboard to track mail delivery, expand special rates for local newspapers, and introduce cost saving measures that are projected to save close to a collective $50 billion in taxpayer dollars over the next 10 years among its many provisions.    

Rep. Harder’s video message from just after the vote is available online here.

“The U.S. Postal Service is a lifeline for so many folks in our community, and we need to make sure it runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible,” said Rep. Harder. “Seniors, veterans, military families and more all rely on the USPS to make sure everything from prescription drugs to benefit checks to letters from loved ones arrive on time. I was proud to vote to pass the Postal Service Reform Act to make sure everyone gets what they need when they need it and save nearly $50 billion in taxpayer dollars in the meantime.”

Read more about the bill below:

Key Reforms in the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022

  • Six-Day Integrated Delivery:  The Postal Service Reform Act of 2021 would require the Postal Service to deliver both mail and packages at least six days per week across an integrated network.
  • Service Performance Transparency:  The Postal Service Reform Act of 2021 would require the Postal Service to develop a public-facing, online dashboard with national and local level service performance data updated each week to provide additional transparency and promote compliance with on-time delivery of mail.
  • Medicare Integration:  The Postal Service Reform Act of 2021 would require future Postal Service retirees, who have been paying into Medicare their entire careers, to enroll in Medicare. Currently, roughly a quarter of postal retirees do not enroll in Medicare even though they are eligible.  This means the Postal Service is stuck paying far higher premiums than any other public or private sector employer.  By more closely integrating Medicare, the Postal Service estimates it could save approximately $22.6 billion over 10 years.
  • Eliminating the Requirement to Prefund Retiree Health Benefits:  The Postal Service Reform Act of 2021 would eliminate the requirement that the Postal Service pre-fund retiree health benefits for all current and retired employees for 75 years in the future.  No private company or other federal government entity is required to comply with such a burdensome requirement.  The Postal Service estimates this provision would drastically reduce its prefunding liability and allow it to save roughly $27 billion over 10 years.
  • Non-Postal Services:  The Postal Service Reform Act of 2021 would allow the Postal Service to enter into agreements with State, local, and tribal governments to provide non-commercial property and services that provide enhanced value, do not detract from core postal services, and provide a reasonable contribution to Postal Service institutional costs. 

Additional Provisions included in the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022

In addition to the provisions listed above, the bill includes the following provisions to improve the effectiveness of the Postal Service:

  • The expansion of special rates for local newspaper distribution to promote local news organizations;
  • A Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) review of cost attribution guidelines for different Postal Service products to ensure pricing accuracy and better accounting;
  • Increased funding autonomy and control for the Postal Regulatory Commission to increase its budgetary resources commensurate with its mission of regulating the Postal Service, and to shield the PRC from government shutdowns;
  • A study on operational inefficiencies in Postal Service flats and magazine processing;
  • Regular congressional reporting on Postal Service operations and financial performance to enable accountability of stated cost savings, revenue, and infrastructure investment goals;
  • Adjustments to the considerations the Postal Service must make when deciding which mode of transportation to use to deliver mail in order to ensure greater consistency and reliability; and
  • The consolidation of the PRC’s small Inspector General Office into the more robust Postal Service Office of Inspector General.

 

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