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February 7, 2013

Loebsack: Congress must act to provide relief for USPS

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement after the announcement by the United States Postal Service that they will discontinue Saturday delivery.

“Once again, inaction by Congress has real life consequences for Iowans.  By requiring the Postal Service to pre-fund retirement health benefits to the tune of over $50 billion over 10 years, which no other agency or business has to do, Congress is tying their hands. The USPS would not be in the dire situation it is today if it had not been required to pre-pay these funds.

“Legislation to address this problem was introduced last Congress but like so many other issues, House leadership refused to bring this up. I can’t think of a less partisan issue than the postal service.  It is past time Congress works to find a solution to this problem.”

Loebsack has previously cosponsored legislation, which would address the USPS’s financial needs without the upheaval and job loss.  He has urged leadership on multiple occasions to address postal reform as soon as possible and is currently a cosponsor of H. Res. 30, which expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that the UPSP should continue with its six-day mail delivery service.

 

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