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Senator counting on House postal reform bill

Now that the Senate has passed a postal reform bill, it’s up to the House of Representatives to make a move on legislation to aid the beleaguered U.S. Postal Service.

And at least one member of the Senate is putting pressure on House lawmakers to get their act in gear.

Based on the premise that the USPS loses an additional $25 million every day the House has not acted, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) — one of the architects of the Senate bill — has put something on the order of a “doomsday clock” on his Senate website.

Headlined ‘The Costs of Inaction,” a counter on Carper’s web page ticks off the Postal Service’s loss since the Senate passed its bill — updated at the rate of about $289 a second or so.

“The ball is in the House’s court,” the website states. “Although the Postal Reform Act of 2011 was passed out of the relevant House committee in October 2011, leaders in the House of Representatives have yet to schedule a vote on the bill. The Senate, however, passed a bipartisan postal reform bill, the 21st Century Postal Service Act, on April 25, 2012.”

Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued a statement on May 10 maintaining that the Senate bill fails to “restore long-term solvency, preserve delivery of mail, and protect taxpayers from footing the bill for a bailout.”

Issa said that the House “will advance a comprehensive postal reform bill that protects the long-term interests of postal customers.”

When? According to Carper’s site, since the last House effort, it’s been 211 days.

And counting.

Posted by Phil Piemonte on May 14, 2012 at 12:28 PM

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