Postal Reform Legislation Advances in US House: What’s Next? (

On May 13, 2021, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved two separate but related bills addressing USPS finances and operations. The first, the bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act of 2021 (H.R. 3076 (PDF)), was approved by voice vote, making it now eligible for a floor vote in the US House of Representatives. The bill was introduced two days prior to committee consideration following a painstaking effort to craft a bipartisan document. Lead sponsors were Committee Chair Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Ranking Member Rep. James Comer (R-KY) along with original co-sponsors Government Operations Subcommittee Chair Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Ranking Member Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC).

The bill was approved by the committee without amendment or any audible dissension, and included bipartisan agreed upon elements such as: codifying six-day delivery, requiring postal employees to enroll in Medicare at eligibility age, and elimination of the requirement that USPS pre-fund its retiree health benefits for 75 years into the future.

All three of these provisions are major steps forward to bringing solvency to USPS, and all are supported by PRINTING United Alliance and its allies in the Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service, which represents the mailing industry supply chain. Postal employee unions and USPS itself have also endorsed the legislation. However, the bill does not include any language addressing postal rates, and, in particular, the potential dramatic rate increases recently proposed in the USPS 10-year strategic plan, “Delivering for America (PDF).”
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