WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Mike Michaud is calling on Speaker John Boehner to prioritize legislation that would promote the stability and sustainability of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). Rep. Michaud has sent a letter to the Speaker urging him to take action following the April recess. If Speaker Boehner refuses to act, postal facility hours will be cut, service standards will be reduced, and thousands of postal jobs will be lost.
"The Postal Service has helped our country grow, yet Speaker Boehner isn't permitting action that would allow for it to secure long-term financial stability," said Michaud. "A financially sound USPS means that the jobs of hardworking postal employees are secure and a dependable level of service can be maintained. It's time for Congress to act on meaningful reform so that the Postal Service can continue to keep American families and businesses connected."
The full text of Rep. Michaud's letter to Speaker Boehner.
April 10, 2014
The Honorable John Boehner
Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives
H-232, the Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Speaker Boehner:
I am writing to urge you to take immediate legislative action that promotes the stability of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). We are more than half-way through the 113th Congress, and the House of Representatives has yet to take action to set the USPS on a long-term, sustainable path. This lack of action could disproportionately affect postal workers in rural communities whose postal facilities are reducing hours and whose postal customers depend on reliable and timely mail delivery.
While I understand there are legitimate disagreements among members of Congress as to the future direction of the Postal Service, there is widespread agreement that postal reform is necessary. The Postal Service delivers to more than 153 million homes, businesses, and post office boxes in the country, and it is responsible for over 8 million jobs. Constituents and businesses across our country depend on reliable mail delivery for critical services like receiving paychecks and sending and receiving payment on time. Congressional action is the only way to ensure that our constituents still have access to the postal services they expect and deserve.
But whatever steps Congress takes, the future of the Postal Service must not be balanced on the backs of rural communities or hard-working postal workers. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrel Issa has made no secret of his desire to dismantle the USPS. Chairman Issa's proposed legislation, H.R. 2748, would end Saturday mail delivery, eliminate thousands of postal jobs, and phase out door-to-door mail delivery. It would end the USPS as Americans know it. We need to enact legislative reform that will protect postal jobs, maintain six-day delivery, and remove the massive burden of retiree health benefit prefunding.
Unfortunately, last week, the House of Representatives' Budget Committee reported out a budget that would require U.S. Postal Service employees to pay more for health care, using that reform to save $19 billion over 10 years. This is just another example of Congress losing sight of the role the Postal Service plays in communities, both large and small, across our country. The Postal Service was not designed to be a business, but a federal program that keeps American businesses and families connected. Our country has evolved and grown with the help of the Postal Service, yet Congress refuses to take legislative action that permits the Postal Service to grow revenue and secure long-term financial stability.
In the last Congress, the House did not vote on its committee-approved bill, H.R. 2309. The House cannot afford to delay again in fixing the Postal Service. Congress needs to approve constructive and comprehensive postal reform legislation before the end of 2014. That is why I ask that you bring postal reform legislation to the House floor as soon as Congress returns from April recess. Since the early days of our nation, the Postal Service has been a vital part of America, and Congress needs to implement adequate reform so that it can continue to surge ahead.
With warmest regards,
Michael H. Michaud
Member of Congress