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Cummings Corrects the Record on President Trump’s Assessment of Postal Service And Urges Him to Support Bipartisan Bill

Apr 13, 2018
Press Release

Cummings Corrects the Record on President

Trump’s Assessment of Postal Service

And Urges Him to Support Bipartisan Bill

 

Washington, D.C. (Apr. 13, 2018)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter to President Donald Trump regarding the Executive Order he issued late last night creating a new task force to study the financial situation of the U.S. Postal Service.  Cummings wrote:

“I would like to correct certain misunderstandings and offer additional information for your consideration,” Cummings wrote.  “The financial condition of the Postal Service indeed faces challenges, and it has for some time.” 

However, Cummings added:

“One area that is not contributing to the Postal Service’s financial challenges is package deliveries with retailers such as Amazon.  To the contrary, package delivery has been one of the few areas of growth in Postal Service revenue, experiencing double-digit increases in recent years and accounting for nearly 30% of its operating revenue in fiscal year 2017.  Contrary to your recent comments, the Postal Service’s package delivery business is profitable.  Package delivery has not only helped the Postal Service mitigate some of its losses in other areas, but it has provided the American people with low-cost services for retail purchases.  Amazon is the largest shipper of packages by the Postal Service, and the Negotiated Service Agreement between the Postal Service and various online retailers have been reviewed thoroughly by the Postal Regulatory Commission to ensure profitability.”

Cummings added that the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which has direct jurisdiction over the Postal Service, unanimously passed bipartisan legislation to address the Postal Service’s financial challenges, but House Speaker Paul Ryan has not allowed it to come to the House floor:

Our bill, H.R. 756, the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017, would make critical pricing and delivery changes to put the Postal Service back on the path to financial health.  It also would treat the Postal Service like other private sector businesses by requiring its retirees to enroll in Medicare.  According to the Congressional Budget Office, our bill would save taxpayers nearly $6 billion over the next ten years.  Our legislation passed the Oversight Committee unanimously more than a year ago in March 2017—with all Republican and Democratic Members supporting it.  Yet despite multiple requests, Speaker Ryan has declined to allow it to come to the floor for a vote.

Cummings concluded:

Rather than spending scarce taxpayer dollars on yet another review of the Postal Service, I urge you to review our bipartisan legislation and urge Speaker Ryan to allow Members of the House of Representatives to debate and vote on our bill as soon as possible.”

Click here to read the full letter.

115th Congress