On March 8, Congress passed the long-awaited Postal Reform bill that will, among other things, reduce costs of the Postal Service to curb rate increases for our members. The Senate passed 79-19 the Postal Service Reform Act, H.R. 3076, originally sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, and James Comer, R-KY, which now goes to President Biden for his signature. The Alliance was part of a stakeholder coalition supporting the bill and signed on to numerous letters. While this vote was a meaningful step towards reduced costs and reliable service to consumers nationwide, more work needs to be done in stabilizing postal rates and The Alliance will continue to be at the forefront of those discussions. The Alliance has created a Postal Group and will advocate for future policy recommendations to the Postal Service and Congressional leaders to find solutions that will help protect news publishers and our communities’ access to high-quality journalism. The Alliance has also partnered with the National Newspaper Association (NNA) in a joint task force to educate and train members in using the Postal Service more effectively with the goal of saving members costs and creating efficiencies.
Holly Lubart is Vice President, Government Affairs at the News/Media Alliance. Previously, she served as Vice President of Government Affairs for the PA NewsMedia Association and started her career as a journalist. Lubart has over 20 years of political and communications experience.