Legislation passed that would place USPS on a more sustainable financial footing
The U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Reform Committee voted unanimously to approve companion legislation last week.
The legislation would eliminate a requirement that USPS pre-fund retiree health benefits for 75 years and would require postal employees to enroll in the Medicare government-retiree health plan. Instead, USPS would pay a small, yearly “top-up” payment to address actual annual retiree costs.
The agency has reported net losses of $86.7 billion since 2007. One reason is 2006 legislation mandating that it pre-fund more than $120 billion in retiree healthcare and pension liabilities, a requirement that labor unions have called an unfair burden not shared by other businesses.
The Postal Service has struggled with poor delivery performance over the past year, facing a huge boost in packages and COVID-19 staffing issues.
The bill would require USPS to maintain delivery for six days a week.
A USPS spokesman said on Wednesday the agency was “encouraged to see the introduction of bipartisan, bicameral postal reform language.” If passed, the financial reforms “will be a major step forward for financial sustainability of the Postal Service,” the spokesman added.