Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Senate nears passage of bill to slow postal cuts (Yeeeaaaayyyyy!)

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » General Discussion Donate to DU
 
No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-25-12 03:38 AM
Original message
Senate nears passage of bill to slow postal cuts (Yeeeaaaayyyyy!)
What if Congress and the WH were held to the same standards they impose on the Post Office? Pay your own way AND cover your pension plan for 75 years or get extinguished?

When has privatization ever helped citizen taxpayers?

(I hope this is not only an election year improvement.)


Apr 25, 1:58 AM EDT

Senate nears passage of bill to slow postal cuts

By HOPE YEN
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Senate bill aimed at saving the U.S. Postal Service would make it harder to close thousands of low-revenue post offices and end Saturday mail delivery - steps the struggling agency says are needed to reduce billions in debt and become profitable again.

The measure takes steps to help the mail agency avert bankruptcy as early as this fall, giving it a cash infusion of $11 billion to pay off debt and reduce costs by offering retirement incentives to 100,000 employees. But the bill sidesteps most controversial decisions on postal closings, buying time for lawmakers who would rather avoid the wrath of constituencies in an election year.

<snip>

The final bill was expected to pass the Senate but faces an uncertain future. The House has yet to begin consideration of a different version of a postal bill, which seeks to create a national commission that would make major decisions on postal cuts and make it easier to eliminate Saturday delivery. The commission, which would have authority to do away with no-layoff clauses in postal employee contracts, is fiercely opposed by postal unions.

"This of course kicks the can down the road," complained Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who unsuccessfully pushed for a commission in the Senate bill. He argued that the current bill failed to address longer-term fixes, instead hiding behind studies and reviews that unnecessarily delayed major decisions. "We'll be on the floor in two years addressing this issue again, because it is not a solution."


http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_POSTAL_PROBLE...

Can this, McCain!

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-25-12 10:28 AM
Response to Original message
1. Wait, so the bill closes and ends Saturday delivery, or makes it harder to do so? ?_?
Edited on Wed Apr-25-12 10:28 AM by Leopolds Ghost
I would not completely condemn an end to Saturday delivery (though it is the camels nose under the tent) if it were not for the ridiculous idea of closing Post Offices on Saturday, which would be the death knell for the Post Office.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Wed Sep 17th 2014, 05:51 AM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » General Discussion Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC