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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-25-12 03:38 AM
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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

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.


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."

Can this, McCain!

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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-25-12 10:28 AM
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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.
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