Senator Carper Working to Put Postal Reform on President Obama’s Desk As Early As The July 4th Recess

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At Postal Vision 2020, Senator Tom Carper indicated that he hopes to have a Postal reform bill on the President’s desk by the July 4th recess and if not then by the August recess.   He expects to work toward passage of a postal reform bill within this time frame in the Senate through regular orders.  This means he will hold a hearing and accept comments on a public draft of a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee drafted bill within the next month.    Then after a short period of reviewing this testimony and comments submitted, the Committee will hold a business meeting to mark-up the bill.   Given [...] Read more »

Senator Tom Carper Keeps Up the Pressure on USPS Reform

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In an interview on CNBC television this morning, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) continued to press the House of Representatives to pass a postal reform bill.   After describing the bill that passed the Senate, Senator Carper said he only wanted to make three points: If I can make three points, the House needs to pass the bill so we can go to conference, that would be the first one. The second point was the House needs to pass a bill so we can go to conference and work out a compromise and the third point is the House needs to pass the bill so we can go to conference and work out a [...] Read more »

Politics Trumps Policy : Surprised?

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The Hill  has reported that House Republican campaign strategy drove H.R. 2309, the Postal Reform Act, off the legislative track for action prior to the August recess. The delay would prioritize election-year messaging votes over actions to rescue the Postal Service, which is currently losing $25 million a day and is on track to bleed billions of dollars again this fiscal year. More recent reporting has indicated that political considerations may have possibly killed any chance that the House of Representatives will act on postal reform at all in this session of Congress. What will House Do Instead? Right now the House schedule appears to want to only deal with [...] Read more »

Senator Carper Ups the Ante on USPS Reform

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Senator Tom Carper (D-De) has upped the ante in the battle between the Senate and the House on postal reform legislation when he launched a new page on his website that includes a clock that counts down to the date that the Postal Service’s current moratorium on facility closures ends. The web page,  http://www.carper.senate.gov/May15 also calls on the U.S. House of Representatives to pass legislation aimed at reforming the U.S. Postal Service before a critical deadline of May 15, 2012, the date that the Postal Service has stated that is facility closing moratorium ends. In a statement announcing the new web-page Senator Carper stated: My friends in the House must move [...] Read more »

Gene DelPolito on the Status of Postal Reform Bills

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One of the biggest concerns of readers of this blog is  the long term prospects for the Postal Service.    This and the next few Posts contain an interview with Gene Del Polito, the President of the Association for Postal Commerce and his opinions on: the current status of postal reform bill approved by the responsible committees in the House of Representatives and Senate; potential legislative options other than those currently introduced to date; impact of Congress not acting on decisions of mailers and parcel shippers to use the Postal Service; labor-management relations; problems facing flat-shaped mailers government provided postal services; mail box monopoly; a U.S. approach to privatization; and other topics. [...] Read more »

Senate Action on Postal Reform Delayed Further

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The Hill reported today that debate on S. 1789, the 21st Century Postal Service Act of 2011, will not reach the floor of the Senate until after the President’s Day recess.  The delay is caused by objections to the bill by Democrats from rural states, as well as states where Postal Service plant consolidation is quite controversial.  Without near unanimous support from the Democratic caucus, S.1789 has little chance of getting past a cloture vote. The Hill reported that Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is leading the effort to change S.1789.  In the article Senator Sanders indicated that the following Senators are working with him to change the bill. Max Baucus [...] Read more »

The Washington Post Does Not Understand the Postal Service

Once again the Washington Post’s editorial board illustrated their ignorance on Postal issues. In an editorial focusing on labor issues, the editorial board illustrated an understanding about labor negotiations that is particularly peculiar given the newspaper industry’s history in reducing labor costs as it faced the threat of e-competition.  The editorial board reinforced the impression that it does not know what it is talking about by confusing retirement with health benefits. By stating that the contract with the APWU is inadequate, they assume that a better contract could have been negotiated or obtained through binding arbitration. The truth is changes in wages in benefits that the Washington Post believes are needed only [...] Read more »

Tweets from Congressman Dennis Ross and Possible Implications for Postal Unions

In the last few days, Representative Dennis Ross has made a number of tweets regarding the conflict between the Governor and the teachers unions in Wisconsin.   While none of the tweets mention postal issues, they may provide a hint to stakeholders and policymakers  regarding the tone on labor issues that the House will take when discussing changes required to return the Postal Service to solvency.    RepDennisRoss Dennis Ross Hypocrisy & big labor are synonymous. RT @Reaganista: RT @JebBush: Must see video. Stay strong @GovWalker. http://bit.ly/dPHMH5 #wiunion RepDennisRoss Dennis Ross Working on that. RT @michellemalkin: Unions get waivers from Obamacare. Why can’t workers get waivers from forced unionism? #wiunion RepDennisRoss Dennis [...] 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 »

When is $600,000 more than $6,200,000?

When the $600,000 involves sex and “waste, fraud, and abuse” of Postal Service funds. The $600,000 is the amount of money that the USPS – Inspector General has indicated that the Postal Service could save over the next two years if it improved training on travel expenses were introduced.   Overspending on travel and abuse of corporate credit cards is nothing new in either the private sector or public sector.   Reports similar to the one issued by the Inspector General probably have been written since at least the times of the Roman Legion.  Given that Postal Service currently spends $97 million on travel expenses annually, the impact of the Inspector [...] Read more »