For Immediate Release
March 8, 2022
Contact: Art Sackler
Business Community Hails Passage of Postal Reform Bill
Important Step Toward Post Office Stability by Congress
Washington, DC — The Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service (C21) applauded today’s passage by the Senate of the Postal Service Reform Act. The heavily bipartisan vote of 79 – 19, like a similar 342 – 92 vote in the House, underscores the importance of a stable Postal Service in the 21st Century to all Americans.
“We couldn’t be more appreciative of the Senate’s vote to sustain the Postal Service today,” said Art Sackler, executive director of C21. “In voting for this bill, Senators have assured that $50 billion will be taken off the Postal Service balance sheet, guaranteed that mail will be delivered 6 days a week through a network that integrates mail and packages – the most efficient and cost-effective way to deliver – and made numerous other changes that will benefit the system and those who use it.”
The vote in the Senate follows another strong bipartisan vote in the House on this bill. Among other beneficial changes, the bill requires much more transparency from USPS, including a “public performance dashboard,” more assistance to rural newspapers, a study on efficiencies in delivering newspapers, magazines, catalogs and other “flats,” and more.
“The huge postal business community, generating $1.6 trillion in sales and employing 7+ million workers nationwide, views this bill as a vital first legislative step in transforming the future of the Postal Service,” Sackler continued. “We will continue the work necessary to secure that future in service to the American people and businesses everywhere, but for now, we will savor the action of the Senate.”
We look forward to President Biden’s signing the PSRA into law. C21 is grateful for the skillful leadership of Leaders Schumer and McConnell, and for that of Chairman Peters and Ranking Member Portman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs in working with their House counterparts, Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairwoman Maloney and Ranking Member Comer, on developing this bill and achieving this successful vote.
C21 consists of business mailing associations and companies – newspapers, advertisers, catalogers,
e-commerce, parcels, greeting cards, financial services, telecommunications, insurance, small businesses of every kind, paper, printing, technology, envelope manufacturing, mail services, who understand the essential role of USPS and want it sustained for the future. It broadly represents an industry generating $1.6 trillion in sales and supporting 7.3 million private sector jobs.
Learn more at 21stcenturypostal.org.