Today, Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), Ranking Member of the Senate subcommittee with oversight jurisdiction over the U.S. Postal Service, responded to reports this week that House leadership has decided not to bring a postal reform bill to the floor before the August recess. Without immediate action by Congress, the Postal Service could default on a $5.5 Billion payment it is required to make August 1st to prefund its retiree health benefit trust fund.
"I was extremely disappointed to hear a report that the House may not consider postal reform legislation until after the August recess," said Senator Brown. "Every day that passes without addressing reform of the Postal Service is another day that pushes it closer to the brink of insolvency. The longer the House delays consideration of a bill, the longer uncertainty about the Postal Service's financial future remains. This is irresponsible and unfair, not only to the half million workers the Postal Service employs, but also to the thousands of American businesses, large and small, that depend on reliable and consistent mail delivery to support their operations on a daily basis. I appeal to the House Leadership to make postal reform a priority."