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 a cut in delivery days to pass both houses.
Senator Lieberman’s Offer Meets Congressman Issa Halfway
Senator Lieberman’s offer meets one of Congressman Issa’s three requirements for an interim postal reform bill that he identified in a letter sent to President Obama in September.
Rural Info Postal News reported that the three requirements listed in the letter were:
1. Re-amortization of the remaining payment schedule for health care benefits.
2. Removing restriction that prevents USPS from going to 5 day delivery
3. A ban that prevents Federal agencies , including USPS from entering into No-layoff agreements
As the Senate bill already has a re-amortization provision in its bill, Congressman Issa’s requirements only has two differences from provisions included in the S.1789. Senator Lieberman has offered to meet Congressman Issa’s second requirement to eliminate 6-day delivery meets the second requirement. Now the question is whether Congressman Issa is willing to meet Senator Lieberman in the middle by giving up his third requirement that restricts the Postal Service’s ability to negotiate labor agreements. If he does then it would seem that a postal reform bill could pass before the end of the 112th Congress.
Alan Ota’s Tweet