July 10th date for USPS Reform Vote in House Could be Delayed

After the previous post on an expected schedule for H.R.2309 was promoted promoted on twitter, Congressman Dennis Ross responded and indicated that the schedule could slip.  @CEP_Observer rough estimate. Nothing is set in stone. — Dennis Ross (@RepDennisRoss) June 30, 2012   Given that July 11th is already scheduled for another debate and vote on repeal of the Affordable Care Act, any delay in dealing with postal reform in the House of Representatives pushes it until either July 12th or the following week.  Delays in bringing H.R. 2309 to a floor vote would indicate that the bill’s managers are finding it difficult to find legislative language that will ensure that 218 Republicans are [...] Read more »

USPS Reform Appears Headed to House Floor on July 10

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In repsonse to a question on Twitter, Congressman Dennis Ross has confirmed that H.R. 2309, the Postal Reform Act, will reach the House floor on July 10, 2012. — Dennis Ross (@RepDennisRoss) June 30, 2012 After this post was published, Congressman Ross tweeted that the July 10th date could slip. @CEP_Observer rough estimate. Nothing is set in stone. — Dennis Ross (@RepDennisRoss) June 30, 2012  If the timing does slip, H.R. 2309 will have to wait until at least July 12th as the House will be debating another vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act on July 11. Postal Stakeholders should understand that in addition to the legislative language passed [...] Read more »

Comments of Representative Dennis Ross on USPS Consolidation

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The following is a  dialogue that I had with Congressman Dennis Ross via Twitter regarding the Postal Service’s plant consolidation announcements: CEP Observer: Do you have a statement on the change in USPS service standards and closing of plants? Congressman Dennis Ross: not really. USPS needs to right size and list appears to be non political. Closed facility in my home town. CEP Observer: I would guess there would not be much blowback in Congress. Do you still need a BRAC fro processing plants -seems redundant. Congressman Dennis Ross: for facilities in general, probably. For processing, maybe not. May have taken care of it. Want to hear from PMG on [...] Read more »

Comparing Labor Cost Proportions at the USPS, UPS, and FedEx

Update: this chart in this post has been replaced to correct a silly error.  The USPS delivers to residential addresses 6 days a week.  I know that and I know that all readers of this blog know this as well.  I would like to thank the reader who posted the comment that force me to fix this error.  In a discussion today on his Facebook page, Representative Dennis Ross fell into a common trap in comparing the labor’s portion of costs by the USPS, UPS and FedEx.  He states that: UPS (Union) – about 66% of their total operating costs are labor. FedEx (non-union) – about 45% of their total operating costs [...] Read more »

Tweets from Congressman Dennis Ross on the Postal Service

On February 17, 2011, Congressman Dennis Ross tweeted, “@dryMAILman we will have a website where the man or woman on the street can tell us how to improve service and cut costs.“ This is the first indication of what Congressman Ross wants to do as Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Federal Workers, the Postal Service and Labor Policy Tweet Read more »

What do House Republicans Think About Budget Changes Relating to the Postal Service?

Now that the President’s 2012 budget is out, both Senator Tom Carper and Senator Susan Collins have already commented on the proposal to provide some modifications to the Postal Service’s retirement obligations.   To date, members of the house who are leading the subcommittee responsible for marking up legislation that would enact the changes that the President proposed have made any public statement about their views on the proposed statements. As both Representatives Dennis Ross (R-FL) and Justin Amash (R-MI) are freshmen,  they have no history with Postal issues and are more than likely coming to the issue with not much more background in the postal market than the average consumer.  [...] Read more »