Congress Acts on Meaningful Postal Legislation (Just Kidding)

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This week the House of Representatives passed six bills renaming Post Offices.   These ceremonial bills were all passed under suspension of the rules.  Maybe its time for a member of Congress to object to suspension of the rules on each bill that renames of Post Office until the House of Representatives acts on postal reform.  It may not move legislation forward faster, but it would raise public awareness as to the failure of the House of Representatives to act. H.R. 5788 - To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 103 Center Street West in Eatonville, Washington, as the “National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson Post Office” (Sponsored [...] Read more »

How Congress Plans to Pass USPS Reform in the Lame Duck

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The Hill has reported that leaders of the Senate Homeland Security Committee and the House Government Oversight Committee are currently working on a compromise Postal reform bill that could pass in the lame duck session.  Given the limited time available in the lame duck session, Congress does not have the time to have the House of Representatives pass some version of H.R. 2309 and then negotiate the differences with S. 1789 in a Conference Committee.  Therefore the leadership of the House Oversight and Government Reform and the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee are working to short cut the normal legislative process. If the negotiations are successful the next steps in [...] Read more »

Lieberman and Issa Talking Compromise on Postal Reform

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Alan Ota, a senior writer for CQ Roll Call has reported on twitter that Senator Joseph Lieberman has offered a compromise on Postal reform to get the legislative process moving again.  As Alan Ota’s tweet indicates, Lieberman is willing to give up preservation of 6-day delivery for letters and flats in negotiating a postal reform bill with Congressman Darell Issa. Eliminating 6-day mail delivery has never been popular in Congress and has generated significant opposition from both Republicans and Democrats.  For  Senator Lieberman’s offer to be accepted by Congress, the most recent financial report from the Postal Service would have to change the opinions of a sufficient number of Senators and Representatives to allow [...] Read more »

If the USPS Is In Trouble, Why Did Mailing Industry Stocks Rise Sharply?

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Today the Postal Service reported its financial results for fiscal year 2012.    Headlines of the wire services and major newspapers all suggested that a calamity is just around the corner. Bloomberg - U.S. Postal Service on a ‘Tightrope’ Lost $15.9 Billion   Washington Post - Postal losses cap year of payment defaults, little help from Congress; more red ink in 2013   Reuters – U.S. Postal Service has record loss, sees “fiscal cliff”   Wall Street Journal - U.S. Postal Service Reports Record Loss   Associated Press - Post office reports record loss of $15.9B for year   Pittsburgh Business Times – Postal Service: ‘Far short on liquidity’   How Did Postal Industry [...] Read more »