We applaud Congress’s defense of Saturday delivery at the United States Postal Service and the USPS’s subsequent decision not to cancel it. However, the story does not end there. As John Nichols reports, the USPS still suffers from attempts to weaken the public institution and privatize its services. Most notably, while the American people bear the brunt of closures and cuts, Congress continues to force unnecessary fiscal woes on the USPS with a burdensome and unprecedented mandate that it pre-fund its pension plan 75 years into the future.
To preserve the USPS well into the twenty-first century, Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter DeFazio have introduced the Postal Service Protection Act, legislation that would repeal the pre-funding requirement, clear the way for the USPS to help customers take advantage of email and Internet services and create a commission to determine ways the service could generate new revenue, among other reforms.
Nichols called the recent Saturday-delivery victory, "an important reminder that it matters to mobilize against the austerity agenda, even when the odds are daunting." The fight to protect the USPS is critical to stemming the tide of austerity and protecting our public institutions. Contact your representative and implore them to support the Postal Service Protection Act.
A post office in Marhham, VA (AP Photo/Scott Applewhite)
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