Verdict is In - Union Claims to "Overpayment" False - Represent Nothing But a Demand for a Taxpayer Bailout


By:  Dennis Ross
Date: Oct. 13, 2011
Location: Lakeland, FL

Congressman Dennis A. Ross, Chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on the Postal Service, released the following statement after the GAO reports on Postal Service "Overpayment" was released this morning.

"Today, GAO put empirical and numerical teeth into the argument the Chairman and I have been making for months. Namely, that there is no overpayment, that the Postal Service is being correctly and fairly assessed for the cost of its own collective bargaining agreements and that any legislation purporting to "return' money to USPS is nothing but a taxpayer bailout by another name. The only legislation that recognizes this fact and addresses the true, systemic problems with the USPS is HR 2309, the Postal Reform Act myself and Chairman Issa introduced."

Chairman Ross continued, "The request that led to this report came from both Democrat and Republican Members, and I would expect all parties to accept the findings of GAO and move on to the real reforms needed to fix this problem without debt or bailouts. Labor reductions through attrition and retirement, overcapacity reductions, route and fleet reforms, and ending the subsidization of mail products at the expense of USPS profitability, to name a few. I look forward to working with my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, especially Mr. Lynch and Mr. Cummings, to address these needed reforms. They are well aware of the problems and knowledgeable on the issue and I am confident we can come to an agreement that will save the USPS and ensure no taxpayer dollars are used to bailout public sector unions."

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