Postal Service Reform Bill Passes House; Senate Expected to Vote Bill Quickly

On February 8th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Postal Service Reform Act, H.R. 3076, by a vote of 342 – 92. The Senate plans to put the House bill directly on the Floor and a vote could come as soon as Monday. The Alliance has also signed onto a Senate stakeholder letter of support encouraging an “aye” vote. Key provisions include:

  • expansion of special rates for local newspaper distribution to promote local news organizations,
  • service performance transparency including a new public-facing, online dashboard with national and local level service performance data updated each week to help promote compliance with on-time delivery of mail,
  • repeal mandatory pre-funding of retiree health benefits to financially stabilize the Postal Service and curb rate increases,
  • six-day integrated delivery, and
  • study on operational inefficiencies in Postal Service flats and magazine processing

NMA will continue to keep you updated on developments.

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