House Oversight Committee Passes Postal Reform Bill

07/14/2016

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform unanimously passed H.R. 5714, the Postal Service Reform Act, which was cosponsored by Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Reps. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA), and Gerry Connolly (D-VA).

The Committee approved a revision of the original discussion draft bill released yesterday. No amendments were added, however, the bill removed several portions from the original discussion draft that could have proven harmful to mailers.

Key Highlights:

  • Enhance Revenue and Improve Efficiency: The bill keeps mailing costs affordable and encourages innovation.
  • Medicare Integration: The bill requires Postal Service retirees to be enrolled in Medicare to remain eligible for federal health care in retirement. The Postal Service and its retirees have paid $29 billion into Medicare, but many retirees are not drawing on the benefits that they have already paid for.
  • Streamline Governance and Oversight: The bill reforms the current governance system to improve accountability by:
    • restructuring the current Postal Service Board of Governors to improve accountability;
    • strengthening the ability of the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) to hold the Postal Service accountable; and

consolidating the Postal Service and PRC Offices of Inspector General into one body.