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Printing Industries Urges U.S. House of Representatives to Vote on Postal Reform

Friday, July 13, 2012

Press release from the issuing company

Responding to media reports that the U.S. House is unlikely to vote on postal reform legislation this summer, Printing Industries of America today warned of the disastrous consequences this delay would pose to the printing and graphic communications industry--and to the overall future viability of the U.S. Postal Service.

H.R. 2309, the Postal Reform Act, sponsored by House Oversight & Government Affairs Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, was approved by the committee last fall but has languished in its journey to a full House vote. Postal reform was initially included on a July “To Do” memo issued by House GOP Leadership, and a vote prior to the August recess had been expected until this week. 

“Everyone knows a presidential election year means Congress stops legislating for all intents and purposes in the weeks leading up to Election Day, but that’s no excuse for letting the month of July slip by without putting substantive, ready-to-go legislation like postal reform on the House floor for a vote,” said Michael Makin, Printing Industries of America’s President & CEO. 

“Perhaps the House thinks it will be ‘33rd time's a charm’ in its continual quest to repeal so-called Obamacare, but most observers know yesterday’s 33rd repeal vote--and others like it that highlight campaign themes but have zero chance of seeing the light of day in the Senate or becoming law--is pure political theater. Rather than focusing on ‘messaging votes’ to spotlight job-killing policies, the House should take a vote on legislation like H.R. 2309 that actually does something to address job creation and growth--and has a valid chance of becoming law.”

The Senate passed its version of postal reform in April and is awaiting the House-passed version in order to begin a bicameral conference to resolve differences between two bills. A delay in the House vote imperils the prospect that enough time will remain on a dwindling legislative calendar to achieve final passage of postal reform by the end of 2012. While the House could consider H.R. 2309 in September or in the post-election lame duck session, there is considerable risk that the issue could slip altogether in the face of other must-pass legislation related to the approaching “fiscal cliff.”

“The longer the House postpones a postal reform vote, the greater the chances are that nothing happens at all. Meanwhile, the U.S. Postal Service loses $25 million per day and consumer confidence in the future value of mail grows more uncertain. I support Chairman Issa’s drive to finish the job on postal reform and respectfully urge the House GOP leadership to move H.R. 2309 back to the top of this summer’s ‘must pass’ list of legislative priorities,” said Makin. 

“Additionally, I urge Printing Industries of America member companies and all stakeholders in the mailing economy to urge the House not to let the critical opportunity to achieve postal reform slip away altogether. Postal reform equals jobs, plain and simple. The industry must make its collective voice heard in urging a vote on H.R. 2309 be held as soon as possible.”

 

Discussion

By Thomas FERELLI on Jul 12, 2012

Why does the print Industry insist on this legislation. There are only 2 (two) co-sponsors of this bill. Does that tell you something!! HR1351 has 229 co-sponsors and D.Issa killed that bill in the rules committee. The Postal service is drowning in the PAEA act of 2006. If Mr Makin would realize that the Issa plan is to privatize the service, eliminate jobs through layoff and furlough, de-certify the Union and create a solvency authoruty over the Postal Service finances. That solvency authority willhave access to the pension funds and the bill will eliminate 2300 Post offices and 90 % of home delivery. The ABSOLUTE FACT of the PAEA of 2006 is to bolster the Treasury and general fund through the pre-funding requirement that makes the Postal Service pay 5.4 Billion, yes 5.4 Billion dollars a year for "future" health care benefits. That is absoluitely obsurd and very politically motivated. The postal service makes a profit each and every quarter but that "pre-funding" requirement creates the unfunded liability that NO OTHER company federal or private is manddated to do by law.
If that isn't reason enough to wake up and find out what is going on, then the Print Industry is one sorry bunch. The "UNDERWATER" mail, Non-profit mail, or Direct (junk) mail is killing the Postal Service bottom line. You know it and I do too. It might be cheap to advertize and get business, but it makes NO economic sense to me that the Direct Mailers pay only a FRACTION per piece and you pay an employee anywhere from $13.00 to $23.00 an hour to deliver it.
The American public and average household doesn't want flyers and junk/direct mail in their box. I get told that every single day. The internet has coupons and there are adds on TV and Radio and even online. So why waste the effort of printing that garbage that nobody wants.
In this economy, the average person is struggling and can't afford what they used to. They do not have the spare money to waste and the advertising industry just keeps printing and printing those flyers and adds to lure the cuustomer to the product.
Sorry for the tangent but when I read articles that have a resounding and adverse consequence like this one, I can't sit by and let it slide.
Eliminating Saturday delivery just on its own accord which the bill has provsions for will cut OVER 120,000 jobs. Open up mail boxes to contract vendors and contribute to the security that we are afforded will no longer be possible.
The Postal Service is part of a 7.3 Trillion dollar Industry. Think about printing that!

 

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