Thank you for contacting me about the Postal Reform Act of 2011.  I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

As you know, the U.S. Postal Service is an independent, federally chartered organization.  The Postal Reorganization Act of 1970 eliminated the U.S. Post Office Department and replaced it with the Postal Service, which is chartered to perform as a business enterprise with the primary mission of delivering the mail to all parts of the country at uniform rates.  The Postal Service is also mandated to operate on a self-supporting, break-even basis, with particular emphasis on restraining postal rate increases. The Postal Service has been subject to many of the recent financial and economic pressures experienced by businesses, including significant competition in the non-letter mail services it provides, as well recent decreases in letter mail due to the upsurge in electronic communications. As a quasi-government entity, the Postal Service has several important advantages over its competitors including a letter-mail monopoly and a tax-free status.  However, the Postal Service also faces significant challenges that its competitors do not because it is required to provide service to all areas of the country. On June 23, 2011, Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) introduced the Postal Reform Act of 2011 (H.R. 2309).  This legislation would implement structural reforms of the Postal Service with the goals of reducing costs and inefficiencies.  This includes moving the Postal Service to five-day delivery, allowing postal rate increases for underperforming products, and amending current law that governs the closure process for postal facilities.  These reforms would be initiated by two new oversight bodies, one of which would have the ability to modify existing collective bargaining contracts if the Postal Service were to default on financial obligations to the federal government.  H.R. 2309 was referred to the U.S.  House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, where is it currently awaiting further review. I believe it is important that the USPS provides service to all Americans in a timely fashion.  The USPS does have an obligation to conduct business in a fiscally responsible fashion that will optimize all services, including drop-off and delivery, for consumers.  Please be assured I will take your comments into account should I have the opportunity to consider H.R. 2309 or similar legislation in the U.S. Senate.

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Maria Cantwell
United States Senator

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  1. #1 by Rick L on 10/05/2011 - 8:06 pm

    The Postal Reform Act of 2011, HR 2309 will implement structural reforms reducing cost and inefficiencies? Well the first thing on this reform list should be to at least hire postal carriers that can read English or if they can’t read maybe their eye sight should be well enough to look at the letters and numbers on the mail they are delivering as though they are symbols and make an effort to see those symbols match up with the same symbols on the house and street they are on. For as long as we have lived at this address 30+ years we continually get other peoples mail. And some of our delivered mail has been deliberately opened up by some one prior to getting to us. I have personally gone to our main postal office and annex to voice our complaint about this a number of times. It was just a waste of time as we still continued to receive other people’s mail. Once, and I’m only guessing I’m sure, but after taking my complaint to the postal office within a day or two the plants that sit in front of the mail box were deliberately smashed and busted up. I would hate to think a disgruntled postal worker did that. Anyway, I would think the task of weeding out non-English reading postal workers would be a good start. They might also consider stop gouging everyone on the price of postage. As long as they continue with bad service and increased postage they will eventually not have any mail to deliver. One other suggestion is they stop delivering all the JUNK mail. I mean that is such waste of time and effort for the mail carriers. That in it self would lighten the mail load and time. And this goes without saying all the recycled junk that just gets thrown out then in turn picked up by the trash collectors just to be separated and recycled again and again. That’s just plain Dumb.
    All the waste of time and money to implement this HR 2309 and even to consider it is a good example of the people we have working for the government. Or is it a good example of the non-thinking people that work for the Postal service. These are common sense examples I have suggested and the Postal service should be able to solve these problems themselves. It’s too bad most everyone expects the government to solve their problems. All the government can do is waste more money, time and make matters worse, ie: creating an oversight body to modify existing collective bargaining contracts. If the Postal service defaults, well, our own government is responsible for that. Look at what they have done to the value of the dollar, the American economy plus all the American people that have lost their homes. So what’s one more entity?

  2. #2 by Rick L on 10/06/2011 - 7:03 am

    Oh, one more thing. If the Junkmailers insist on mailing their Junk. They should have to pay four times the regular postage fee per item. And residential mailer users fee’s should be reduced.

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