USPS health benefit burden eased

A bill has been passed that will temporarily ease prefunding requirements on the USPS for future retiree health benefits. The bill (H.R. 22) was amended to deal with just the 2009 prefunding payment, reducing it from $5.4bn to $1.4bn.

National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) president Fredric V. Rolando has applauded the House of Representatives for passage of legislation.

“The one-year version of H.R. 22 passed is a good first step toward devising a more sensible and affordable schedule for prefunding our future retiree health benefits,” Rolando said. “The National Association of Letter Carriers urges the Senate to quickly pass H.R. 22 as passed by the House so that we can continue to work on long-term solutions.”

Rolando said the House action was “a huge step towards strengthening the USPS.”

The measure was passed by a 388 to 32 vote.

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