Postal service

Bill that would give the U.S. Postal Service a major overhaul in the Senate

Bipartisan legislation that strengthens the U.S. Postal Service and saves nearly $50 billion over the next decade is potentially set to pass the Senate by the end of next week.

the Invoicecalled the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022, pass in the House Tuesday night with overwhelming support of 342-92.

“Americans depend on the Postal Service for medicine, essential goods, voting, correspondence, and their livelihoods,” tweeted Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y. “With the House’s overwhelming vote for postal reform, I intend for the Senate to quickly pass and pass the bill!”

Key elements of the bill include requiring Postal Service employees to enroll in Medicare, which would lower premiums, according to the House Oversight Committee. Currently, about a quarter of retired postal workers do not enroll in Medicare, even when they are eligible. The committee estimates that this would save approximately $22.6 billion over 10 years.

Additionally, USPS would no longer be required to pre-fund health benefits for its current and retired employees, saving an estimated $27 billion over 10 years. This is where the biggest cost savings for the Postal Service would come from.

The bill also implements a service performance transparency tool, which would require the USPS to create an online dashboard with state and local service data to track delivery times. It also requires at least six days of service per week.

It should be noted that the bill also attempts to promote local news by expanding special rates for the distribution of local newspapers.

For decades, the USPS, which does not receive taxpayers’ money, has been politicized and switched between serving as a business or a public service. He lost Billions dollars per year in recent years.

In the 2020 election, the Postal Service and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy went under meticulous examination as millions of Americans voted by mail during the coronavirus pandemic. DeJoy is a longtime Republican donor and was appointed to his post under the Trump administration.

On the new legislation, DeJoy said he “hopes” the bill passes the Senate in due course.

This story originally appeared in the morning edition live blog.

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Corrected: February 9, 2022 at 10:00 p.m. MST

A previous version of this story incorrectly said that President Donald Trump had appointed Louis DeJoy as Postmaster General. He was appointed by the USPS Board of Governors.