Collins, Carper to Introduce Postal Bill in Senate Today

Share this content:
Sens. Susan Collins, R-ME, chair of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, and Tom Carper, D-DE, will introduce postal reform legislation today, according to a staff aide.

A draft version of the bill was introduced last week. In general, it contained measures applauded by the mail industry, including language on the Civil Service Retirement System escrow fund and military pension benefits.

The draft was similar to a House bill, the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2004, which passed out of committee May 12. This bill could be taken up on the floor by the end of June.

Collins' and Carper's draft would: preserve universal service; simplify the rate-setting process; make rate increases less frequent and more predictable; guarantee a higher degree of transparency to ensure fair treatment of postal customers; require that all future governors of the postal service be selected based on their track record managing organizations or corporations of substantial size; and give the USPS the authority to transition individuals receiving workers' compensation to a retirement annuity when the affected individual reaches age 65.

Meanwhile, a coalition of 156 business and nonprofit organizations has endorsed the Senate legislation. In a letter sent to senators Tuesday, members of the Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service wrote: "You recognized that in order to protect American jobs and to keep the U.S. Postal Service -- a cornerstone of the U.S. economy for over 200 years -- healthy, viable and affordable well into the future, Congress should act now to pass postal reform legislation."

Sign up to our newsletters

Company of the Week

Since 1985, Melissa has helped thousands of companies clean, correct and complete contact data to better target and communicate with their customers. We offer a full spectrum of data quality solutions, including global address, phone, email, and name validation, identify verification - available for batch or real-time processes, in the Cloud or on-premise. Our service bureau provides dedupe, email/phone append and geographic/demographic append services for better targeting and insight. For direct mailers, Melissa offers easy-to-use address management/postal software, list hygiene services and 100s of specialty mailing lists - all with competitive pricing and excellent customer service.

Find out more here »

Career Center

Check out hundreds of exciting professional opportunities available on DMN's Career Center.  
Explore careers in digital marketing, sales, eCommerce, marketing communications, IT, data strategies, and much more. And don't forget to update your resume so employers can contact you privately about job opportunities.

>>Click Here

Relive the 2017 Marketing Hall of Femme

Click the image above