The Postal Service Reform Act will provide key financial and operational reforms to the United States Postal Service
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) announced that the Senate has passed the Postal Service Reform Act. This bipartisan legislation will bolster the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) long-term financial stability and help address delivery delays and other operational reforms to the USPS. The legislation now heads to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law.
“Minnesotans rely on the Postal Service to access their prescriptions, receive their paychecks, and remain connected to family and friends. But for too long, the Postal Service has been hampered by burdensome requirements that lead to inefficiencies and delays, despite the best efforts of our postal workers,” said Klobuchar. “I was proud to support this legislation with a bipartisan group of my colleagues to help make the Postal Service more efficient, transparent, and accountable. Now that it has passed the Senate, we are one step closer to ensuring the Postal Service has the resources it needs to continue providing reliable delivery service to communities across Minnesota.”
The Postal Service Reform Act will:
- Eliminate the onerous pre-funding requirement that has hurt the Postal Service financially, and integrate postal worker retirees’ health care with Medicare. Together, these two reforms would create more than $49 billion in savings for the Postal Service over the next ten years.
- Require the Postal Service to maintain its standard of delivering at least six days a week.
- Improve transparency of Postal Service operations to both customers and Congress by requiring the publication of easily accessible local weekly service data on the Postal Service website, as well as regular and detailed reporting to Congress on Postal Service finances and operations.
- Include additional provisions for Postal Service effectiveness, accountability and growth.
Klobuchar has long worked to ensure Minnesotans can enjoy reliable postal service. She successfully pushed for a moratorium on the closing or consolidation of post offices and mail processing facilities, and she has advocated for preserving rural post offices. Last February, Klobuchar and a group of colleagues urged Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to address damaging mail delays and take urgent action to restore on-time mail delivery.