60 House Bills to Name Post Offices, Zero To Fix Mail Service
In the 18 months the 112 th Congress has been sworn in, the House has introduced 60 bills to rename post offices. Thirty-eight have passed the House and 26 have become law. During those 18 months, the House has produced 151 laws, 17 percent of which have been to rename post offices, according to Congressional Democrats.
Not a single bill has come to the House floor aimed at reforming a Postal Service, which is bleeding billions of dollars because of Congressional mandates.
Today the United States Postal Service will default on a Congressional mandate to pay $5.5 billion to "prefund" health benefits for future retirees. On Friday, House of Representatives will leave town for a five week summer vacation. There is no plan to take up postal reform before that summer recess.
The Postal Service has attempted to enact an array of cost-cutting measures to pull itself out of a $22.5 billion budget shortfall. Over the past five years USPS has cut more than 110,000 employees. The mail service, which takes no taxpayer money but is regulated by Congress, has announced plans to close or consolidate 230 mail processing centers, cutting 13,000 jobs and saving an estimated $1.2 billion annually.
1. Congress critters' owners have loudly spoken - destroy the US Postal Service
in any way possible.
It's not enough that the pensions funds must be serviced 75 years in Advance. (If the salaries, pensions and bennies of Congress and the President had to be serviced and paid up in full that far in advance, there'd be a discussion about ending those positions as well.)
Nor is it enough that the small business owners found that the first thing that the fully Democratic Congress, after winning its majority back in Nov 2006 was to enact postal rate hikes, except for several of the Bigger Conglomerates. (Time Warner and perhaps Amazon as well.)
What is desired by the owners of the Congress critters is that the USPS go the way of the dinosaur. And then whichever one that has made the bigger payoffs to Congress will say their name as the Postal Service of the Land. My money were betting on such to go on, would be on FedEx.