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398px-Mike_Michaud_OfficialWASHINGTON, 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 is below.

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April 10, 2014

The Honorable John Boehner Continue reading ‘Maine Congressman Calls on House Speaker to Bring Postal Reform Bill to Floor after Recess’ »

WASHINGTON — Today, Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice President Jeffrey Williamson testified before the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census during a hearing titled “At a Crossroads: The Postal Service’s $100 Billion in Unfunded Liabilities.” Continue reading ‘U.S. Postal Service Testifies Before Congress Urging Elimination of Unfunded Liabilities’ »

GAO: Action Needed to Address Unfunded Benefit Liabilities

gaoUSPS continues to be in a serious financial crisis, with insufficient revenue to cover its expenses and financial obligations as the volume of USPS’s most profitable product, First-Class Mail, continues to decline. At the end of fiscal year 2013, USPS had about $100 billion in unfunded liabilities: $85 billion in unfunded liabilities for benefits, including retiree health, pension, and workers’ compensation liabilities, and $15 billion in outstanding debt to the U.S. Treasury—the statutory limit. These unfunded liabilities are a large and growing financial burden, increasing from 83 percent of USPS revenues in fiscal year 2007 to 148 percent of revenues in fiscal year 2013. Unfunded benefit liabilities represent estimated future benefit payments to current and retired employees for which USPS has not set aside sufficient money to pay. This testimony discusses (1) the extent to which USPS’s benefit liabilities are unfunded and (2) the potential impacts. Continue reading ‘GAO says USPS pre-funding does not include amounts for future employees’ »

111011_issa_mail_605_apCongressman Darrell Issa  (R-CA) has scheduled another hearing to examine the US Postal Service.

Witnesses testifying at hearing:
Mr. Frank Todisco, Chief Actuary, U.S. Government Accountability Office
Mr. Jeffrey Williamson, Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice President, U.S. Postal Service
Mr. Robert Moss, Chief, Budget and Resource Management, Defense Health Agency
Mr. Joel Sitrin, Chief Actuary, Office of the Actuary, U.S. Department of Defense


Continue reading ‘Issa schedules another hearing on USPS March 13th’ »

congress-capitolToday Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), and Congressman John Delaney (D-MD) sent a letter to Postmaster General & CEO Patrick Donahue about recent postal service disruptions.

“A plan must be in place to protect worker safety and ensure that no homes or businesses experience multiple-day delays,” they wrote. “These service disruptions require explanation and, more importantly, an immediate resolution.”

The full text of the letter is below:

The Honorable Patrick R. Donahue
Postmaster General & CEO
United States Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza Southwest
Washington, DC 20260-0004 Continue reading ‘Maryland, DC Reps Urge USPS to Immediately Address Service Delivery Issues’ »

Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

In an effort to stem its massive losses, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has been pushing a bold move – cutting Saturday deliver permanently.

“The key thing is this. The Postal Service needs to make serious change,” says Donahoe. “We need to address a number of issues, six to five days of letter mail to save two billion dollars.”

The USPS is facing strong opposition, starting with the Postal Union. The newly elected president is rallying his membership to fight for Saturday service. [PR note: NALC is not putting up a fight to keep Saturday delivery?]

Then there’s Congress, which has the final say on any change in delivery and has repeatedly refused to allow the Postal Service to drop Saturday Service.

U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, who sits on the committee that funds the USPS, says ending Saturday delivery means the elimination of up to 30-thousand employees, many of those Asian, African-American, and Hispanic, who make up about 40 percent of all Postal Service employees.

via Reality Check – Postal hike

From the National Association of Letter Carriers:

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS LOGOA bipartisan omnibus spending bill released on Jan. 13 retained the language calling for six-day mail delivery service, language that has been part of such bills for more than 30 years. “We are grateful that Congress recognizes the value of Saturday delivery to millions of American businesses that rely on the most efficient last-mile delivery system in the world,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “As the economy recovers and e-commerce booms, the Postal Service has returned to operational profitability, which would be threatened by cutting the Saturday service on which millions of small businesses and residents rely. Letter carriers and other postal employees have sacrificed tremendously to help the Postal Service recover from the Great Recession and adapt to technological changes. This sacrifice helped the Postal Service realize an operating profit in 2013. We are pleased that Congress has rejected the elimination of Saturday delivery as counter-productive; now we call on it to enact reform that will allow the Postal Service to innovate and grow—without dismantling the retail, processing and delivery networks that make it a national treasure.”

111011_issa_mail_605_apFor the first time in history, most members of Congress are millionaires, according to a new analysis of personal financial disclosure data by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Of 534 current members of Congress, at least 268 had an average net worth of $1 million or more in 2012, according to disclosures filed last year by all members of Congress and candidates. The median net worth for the 530 current lawmakers who were in Congress as of the May filing deadline was $1,008,767 — an increase from the previous year when it was $966,000. In addition, at least one of the members elected since then, Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), is a millionaire, according to forms she filed as a candidate. (There is currently one vacancy in Congress.) Continue reading ‘Most members of Congress are Millionaires with Issa topping the list again’ »

Dec 30, 2013
scollinsWASHINGTON, D.C. – United States Senator Susan Collins issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Postal Service’s announcement that the Postal Regulatory Commission has approved an exigent rate increase, affecting first-class, standard, periodicals and package mailing.

On October 18, 2013, Senator Collins wrote to Postal Regulatory Commission Secretary Shoshanna Grove, explaining that an exigent rate increase to recover losses caused by electronic diversion of communications from mail to internet is not authorized by the Postal Accountability Enhancement Act of 2006, of which Senator Collins authored. Continue reading ‘Senator Collins’ Statement on USPS Rate Increases’ »