Congressman Hank Johnson stands up for the U.S. Postal Service
September 15, 2012No Comments
Mr. Speaker, the 2006 legislation was intended to break the back of a public sector union and privatize the mailing industry. Why else would Congress alter an entity that hasn’t used a dime of tax payer’s money in 30 years?
According to the Congressional Research Service, the USPS was self-supporting since 1971, using postage sales to fund operations. The Postal Service was so profitable that it returned money to the Treasury every single year while providing free services to visually impaired persons and overseas voters!
If the Postal Service were a private corporation during that time, my colleagues across the aisle would have hailed it as the model of economic success and sung its praises from sea to shining sea as shareholders reaped the benefits.
In the years after the pre-funding mandate, the Postal Service has nearly crumbled under the weight of pension costs. How does an organization that had robust profits for 30 plus years leading up to the 2006 legislation suddenly start running deficits and lose $25 billion between 2007 and 2011? How did the USPS go from no debt in 2006 to over $13 billion in debt today?
Many of my colleagues on the other side have well-connected friends who advocate for postal service privatization. I am here to connect the dots for the American people.
Instead of wasting time today, this do-nothing Congress should vote to stop the damage inflicted upon the USPS by passing H.R. 1351. This bipartisan postal reform bill protects the hard working employees of the Postal Service.
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