[Washington, D.C.] – Today, Rep. Kirkpatrick voted to improve mail delivery across Arizona and strengthen the U.S. Postal Service with the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022. By saving billions in funding, increasing performance transparency, and creating new sources of revenue, this bipartisan legislation will strengthen the financial footing of USPS so that it can continue to deliver reliable, on-time mail service to Arizonans who rely on the Postal Service to receive hard-earned paychecks, lifesaving prescriptions, tax returns and more.
“I have always been able to count on our U.S. Postal Service, which has been a model for the world, tying together communities in rural and urban Arizona and across our nation,” said Rep. Kirkpatrick. “Yet decades of underinvestment and onerous financial restrictions have undermined this essential public service. With today’s passage of the Postal Service Reform Act, the House is taking bold, bipartisan action to strengthen the Post Office, support our postal workers and preserve reliable, nationwide mail service for generations to come.”
Because of the extremely unusual requirement that the Post Office fund 75 years of retiree benefits in advance, this institution is on the path to insolvency, facing an urgent shortage of funding as its delivery obligations continue to grow. The Postal Service currently provides mail to nearly 159 million delivery points and adds an additional one million every year. Yet even as postal workers service more locations, revenue has continued to fall due to lower mail volume. Having suffered fourteen consecutive years of net losses, the Postal Service is projected to run out of funds entirely by 2024, threatening to worsen delays and service reductions that are already hampering the ability of Arizonans to receive their mail and deliveries on time.
The Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 enacts several overdue changes to address these financial challenges, improve mail delivery and support postal workers and retirees, including:
- Welcoming all future postal retirees into Medicare, delivering quality health care to our committed public servants while saving the Postal Service $22.6 billion over the next decade.
- Repealing a burdensome requirement forcing the Postal Service to prefund retirees’ health care 75 years in advance, saving $27 billion over the next decade.
- Promoting reliable delivery and transparency through a public-facing, online dashboard featuring national and local level service performance data.
- Codifying the Postal Service’s longtime tradition of delivering mail and packages six days per week.
- Allowing the Postal Service to raise additional revenues by offering non-commercial property and services to state, local and tribal governments.
“The pandemic has reminded Arizonans of the extent to which we rely on the Postal Service for timely deliveries – from prescription drugs to mail-in ballots and holiday gifts to paychecks and Social Security payments,” said Rep. Kirkpatrick. “I am proudly committed to providing our diligent postal workers with the tools to get the job done for the American people. With today’s vote, the House has taken a key step forward in bolstering mail service for every community across Arizona.”
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