I requested this space to share a story with my peers who mail catalogs. It’s a story I find remarkable, alarming, somewhat shocking, and yet at the same time, not all that surprising - all in one. It’s my supreme hope that by the time you read all this, you too will be mobilized to hustle on over to Washington to let them know who the heck you are.
Because guess what? Congress still doesn’t have catalog mailers on its radar screen – they don’t get it – and we need to change this fast!
Last Thursday, I was able to get a meeting with a staffer for the U.S. House Oversight & Government Reform Committee, and a key member of Chairman Darrell Issa’s staff. Issa (R-CA is the chief architect of the House’s postal reform bill, H.R. 2309, which is expected to come up for debate on the House floor in just a few weeks.
Issa’s district is in California; my company is based in Connecticut. But with a little networking, this particular staffer, the guy devoted solely to postal legislation, was more than happy to spend an hour and a half with me in his office on Capitol Hill.
There’s a provision in H.R. 2309 that calls for a postal rate increase for underwater mail classes, products and types – this is a direct shot at catalog mail. If implemented, it could bury this industry.
If the 2007 rate increase weren’t enough; this bill could finish off the job. We can’t let this happen.