Dear Mr. Zelznick:
Thank you for taking the time to contact me about H.R. 756, the Postal Service Reform Act. I appreciate hearing from you.
Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah introduced H.R. 756 on January 1, 2017. The Postal Service Reform Act would establish a Postal Service Health Benefits Program within the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program while also automatically enrolling Medicare-eligible retirees and family members in Medicare. In addition, the bill would reduce from nine to five the number of governors serving on the United States Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors with the Postmaster General and the Deputy Postmaster General. The bill also encourages the USPS to convert to centralized, curbside or sidewalk delivery with postal patrons’ consent. Further sections of the bill establish the position of Chief Innovation Officer with the USPS and revise standards on mail rates and postal contractors. This bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Oversight and Governmental Affairs, of which I am not a member.
I have heard from constituents who oppose some of the provisions in the bill, while others, including postal stakeholders, support the legislation. As I evaluate this bill, I will work to ensure that any large-scale reform addresses the financial difficulties the USPS has faced over the last decade, as well as the concerns and needs of postal stakeholders and industry members. I remain committed to working with my colleagues to find ways to strengthen the United States Postal System and support the hard-working individuals in this industry who have earned benefits over the course of long careers. Please be assured that I will keep your views in mind as the Senate continues the critical work of improving our Nation’s postal system.
As always, I appreciate your views, thoughts and concerns as they assist me in understanding what is important to the people of Pennsylvania. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about this or any other matter of importance to you.
For more information on this or other issues, I encourage you to visit my website, http://casey.senate.gov. I hope you will find this online office a comprehensive resource to stay up-to-date on my work in Washington, request assistance from my office or share with me your thoughts on the issues that matter most to you and to Pennsylvania.
United States Senator