Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today issued the following statement after voting against the motion to proceed to S. 1789, legislation designed to reform the U.S. Postal Service:
"This legislation does a lot of things, but the one thing it doesn't do is provide a long-term solution. There's no doubting the U.S. Postal Service is facing serious fiscal challenges, but these new requirements and mandates only compound the problem. American taxpayers shouldn't foot this bill, and it is my hope we can go back to the drawing board for a solution to allow the Postal Service to operate on a sustainable path."
According to a recent Government Accountability Office report, first-class mail has declined by almost 30 percent over the last decade. The USPS has lost about $25 billion in the last five fiscal years, with projected annual losses exceeding $20 billion in just four years. Yet this bill prevents the Postal Service from improving its long-term cost structure.
The motion to proceed succeeded by a vote of 74 to 22. Johanns hopes a more responsible and sustainable approach can be achieved through the amendment process.