Send Congress a Letter: Don’t Destroy the Postal Service
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is presently considering the flawed postal reform bill S. 1486. In the coming weeks, the committee may move to entertain amendments to the bill and approve it for consideration before the full Senate. In its current form, S. 1486 would permit severe cuts to service, allow the shuttering of mail processing facilities nationwide, and needlessly punish postal workers.
Will you take a minute to call upon your lawmakers to oppose the destructive policies set forth in S. 1486? Will you ask them to support reasonable policies to get the USPS back on track?
According to media reports:
Official Capitol Hill negotiations start next week. The first official meeting of the larger House-Senate negotiating team is scheduled for next week.
Republicans are looking at a bushel basket of cuts to Medicare health care providers contained in Obama’s budget. They also have voiced support for curbing Social Security cost-of-living adjustments, an idea Obama has backed, but only in the context of a broader deal in which Republicans would allow tax increases. That proposal won’t fly in the current talks.
There are also several supercommittee ideas like curbing Postal Service cost overruns, making federal workers contribute more to their pensions and raising premiums on higher-income Medicare beneficiaries.