May 12, 2021
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform this Thursday will mark up a postal reform bill. The business meeting to consider any amendments or objections to the draft bill will be held virtually and in person. The session will be streamed through the OGR website starting at 10 am ET.
The chair of the committee, Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), has set a goal of succeeding with one of the few bipartisan pieces of legislation during this Congress. The proposed bill includes provisions that:
The first two bullets are the most substantive components, as they would save the USPS $58 billion over the next ten years, according to the Postal Service strategic plan. Indeed, they represent 36 percent of the $160 billion goal stated for the ten-year plan, the largest portion. (The other ten-year plan components are: $44 billion or 28 percent for mail rates above inflation; $34 billion or 21 percent for cost reductions; and $24 billion or 15 percent for revenue enhancements.)
After a markup, a successful bill would be brought to a vote by the OGR committee, then a vote by the full House of Representatives. The Senate would need to pass a similar bill that would be reconciled with the House version, and then sent to the President for his signature.