UPDATE (04/06/22): President Biden has signed H.R. 3076 into law.
UPDATE (03/08/22): The Senate has passed H.R. 3076 with a vote of 79-19. The legislation now moves to President Biden’s desk for final approval.
UPDATE (02/08/22): The House has passed H.R. 3076 with a bipartisan 342 - 92 vote. The legislation now moves to the Senate for consideration.
In 2006, the Republican-controlled congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act requiring the United States Postal Service to pre-fund retirement health care costs for 75 years into the future. As no other federal agency in the United States has this requirement, the move was a clear attempt to further the long-term Republican goal of squeezing the US Postal Service into privatization.
According to the Institute for Policy Studies, “If the costs of this retiree health care mandate were removed from the USPS financial statements, the Post Office would have reported operating profits in each of the last six years.” In order to address this onerous requirement, Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) has introduced the Postal Service Reform Act, H.R.3076, which would repeal the pre-pay mandate, ending this undue burden on the agency.
Beyond being a critical part of public infrastructure, the USPS employees over 100,000 veterans, with former military members accounting for over 18% of the workforce. Demand your members of Congress work to save the US Postal Services by passing the Postal Service Reform Act.