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House committee releases postal reform ‘discussion draft’

On June 15, the leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a discussion draft of a potential postal reform bill. The draft Postal Service Reform Act of 2016 was issued jointly by Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD).

NALC officers and Headquarters staff members are currently conducting a detailed review of the contents of this draft bill. Although the committee has made great progress toward sensible legislation—embracing many of our ideas for reform—our initial review has revealed a number of shortcomings and omissions in the draft bill, and at least one provision that NALC simply cannot support. That provision is one that would require the Postal Service to convert an undefined number of business and residential delivery points that now receive door delivery service to curb-line or centralized delivery service over the next five years. This cut in service is neither sensible nor necessary.

We will do all that we can to work with our industry-labor coalition and with the members of the committee and their staffers to reach consensus on legislation that we can all support.

Meanwhile, the House committee is consulting stakeholders on the draft measure before it formally introduces and marks up a bill. NALC will be intimately involved in that process.


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