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Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act

Location: Washington, DC

POSTAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND ENHANCEMENT ACT -- (House of Representatives - July 26, 2005)


Mrs. BLACKBURN. Mr. Chairman, I want to thank the gentleman from Texas (Mr. Hensarling) for his work on this amendment and, of course, our chairman of the Committee on Government Reform, who has worked so diligently on this bill and for years has worked to be able to move it to the body.

Mr. Chairman, you know, we are hearing a lot about the military benefits. From my service on the Committee on Government Reform, I think I remember that there was in 2003 $103 billion overpayment in pension benefits that was refunded to the Postal Service, and as a part of that agreement they were made responsible for the military pension costs of the employees. And this bill would reverse those provisions.

I think it is also worthy to notice that the gentleman from Texas (Mr. Hensarling) has pointed out in 1971 the reform efforts put in place at the Postal Service, it would be a self-financing agency, and with that mandate they were given certain exemptions and advantages such as tax and anti-trust. And they are obliged and obligated to manage their finances in a manner that covers its full costs.

We must continue to encourage the Postal Service to be self-sufficient and not be subsidized by the taxpayer. I urge my colleagues to vote in favor of the amendment.


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