House passes Postal Reform Act on a bipartisan vote

Washington – The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3076, the 2021 Postal Reform Act Feb. 8 on a bipartisan 342-92 vote, repealing the Congressional mandate that the United States Postal Service (USPS) spend billions of dollars every year to prefund retiree health care.

The Postal Service would instead pay these costs on a yearly basis, as other government agencies and corporations do, saving nearly $50 billion over 10 years. In addition, the bill would mandate that the USPS continue to deliver the mail at least six days each week.

The Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA), the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU), the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA), and the AFL-CIO all support the legislation.

“After 15 years of fighting for much-needed and long-overdue reforms, we are one step away from securing a critical victory for postal workers, the Postal Service and the public who rely on us,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.  “The strong bi-partisan support for this legislation is a testament to the unrivaled service postal workers provide to people and communities across this country, no matter who we are or where we live.”

The Postal Reform bill will place the United States Postal Service on the path toward financial stability by repealing the onerous and financially debilitating pre-funding mandate, ensuring six-day delivery, adding much-needed transparency to postal operations, and maximizing participation in Medicare.

“With House passage, we are one step closer to dramatically improving the financial stability of the Postal Service,” Rolando said. “We call on the Senate to debate and pass H.R. 3076 as soon as possible — and then to send it to President Biden for his signature.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he will hold a vote on the bill in the Senate as soon as possible. White House officials have said that President Biden would then sign it into law, putting the Postal Service on more solid financial footing.

APWU, NALC and the Alliance for Retired Americans are asking members to help by calling their Senators at 844-402-1001 and urging them to vote “YES” on The Postal Service Reform Act of 2022.

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