Bipartisan discussion draft of postal reform legislation introduced

06/22/2016

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Reps. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), and Stephen F. Lynch (D-MA) introduced a bipartisan discussion draft of postal reform legislation.

The Oversight Committee held a hearing on May 11, 2016, that highlighted the need for timely and comprehensive postal reform legislation. During today’s press conference, members discussed key details of a comprehensive bill to reform the U.S. Postal Service.

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.

Click here to view discussion draft and here for a summary.