Measure aims to prevent privatizing USPS

A bipartisan piece of legislation has been introduced by lawmakers in an attempts to thwart President Trump’s plans to privatize the U.S. Postal Service.

The joint resolution (S.Res. 633) was introduced by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and includes five Republican cosponsors and the signatures of 190 lawmaker of both parties.

For years, she has worked to ensure accountability at USPS, and serves as the top Democrat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which has jurisdiction over USPS.

“Local post offices are the backbones of our rural communities—even more so now as small businesses rely on the Postal Service for the ability to participate in online business,” McCaskill said in a statement. “The incentives simply aren’t there for private companies to take mail that last mile for people living in rural communities, and I’m going to fight tooth and nail to ensure… access to the critical services the Postal Service provides,” she continued.

The lawmakers contend that privatizing USPS would cause prices to increase and result in reduced services, primarily in rural comminutes.

Reader comments

Thu, Oct 11, 2018

The main reason the USPS is losing money is because of the 2006 mandate from congress to set aside 70 years of heath benefit dollars for retirees. No agency or business sets aside retirement benefit dollars for works that have not been born yet! all with no TAX dollars.

Thu, Oct 11, 2018 paul arizona

Obviously some that comment have no idea how a company can make a profit and yet be "in the red" on a regular basis. Look at the history of the auto or airline industries. USPS doesn't get any taxpayer money. Benefits are relatively equal across the federal spectrum (except for Congress!)and 20% lower than private sector. Watch who's up and running faster after this latest hurricane. FEMA or USPS.

Thu, Oct 11, 2018 Lee

The Postal service as we have it now is terrible. There is no accountability for their idiotic service. I am so tired of dealing with their poor service. I will rejoice the day that they are replaced with an entity that can be held accountable for mistakes.

Thu, Sep 27, 2018

The Postal Service is a crucial public service for the public, which still exists. The public, regular people, still exists. We must get this through our heads. Somehow many of us have turned against our own people, and our own needs. We are not rich, most of us. FedEx is good when you have to get something somewhere the next day--but you have to spend a lot to do so.

Mon, Sep 24, 2018 Leo Florida

I think you are all overpaid and over compensated postal employees. Of coarse you don't want to let the privatization happen, you would loose the money and benefits that no other Federal Agency receives. I mean seriously, you are the one agency that can actually make money and sustain yourself. But, no in the RED by millions everyone year. Why should your agency get any more benefits or lower cost benefits than anyone else. It's time to end that Union view that you all are above the line and deserve more. Let someone else take you over and offer competitive wages and benefits....lets end the money pit called the USPS.

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