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08-01-2012 07:05 PM  9 years ago
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60 House Bills to Name Post Offices, Zero To Fix Mail Service
http://news.yahoo.com/60-house-bill...s-politics.html

In the 18 months the 112th Congress has been sworn in, the House has introduced 60 bills to rename post offices. Thirty-eight have passed the House and 26 have become law. During those 18 months, the House has produced 151 laws, 17 percent of which have been to rename post offices, according to Congressional Democrats.

Not a single bill has come to the House floor aimed at reforming a Postal Service, which is bleeding billions of dollars because of Congressional mandates.

Today the United States Postal Service will default on a Congressional mandate to pay $5.5 billion to "prefund" health benefits for future retirees. On Friday, House of Representatives will leave town for a five week summer vacation. There is no plan to take up postal reform before that summer recess.

The Postal Service has attempted to enact an array of cost-cutting measures to pull itself out of a $22.5 billion budget shortfall. Over the past five years USPS has cut more than 110,000 employees. The mail service, which takes no taxpayer money but is regulated by Congress, has announced plans to close or consolidate 230 mail processing centers, cutting 13,000 jobs and saving an estimated $1.2 billion annually.

The service attempted to close 3,700 post offices under a plan announced last year, but after public outcry decided to cut operating hours to between two and six hours per day at 13,000 locations. USPS claims that move will save $500 million per year.
One of the largest cost-saving measures would be ending Saturday mail delivery , a move the Postal Service says will save $3.1 billion a year. But USPS can't cut delivery without Congressional approval, and partisan disagreements over whether Congress should take control of USPS's operations until it is solvent again or if it should leave the decision making to the postmaster general have halted any action on Capitol Hill.

USPS claims that if Congress does not act, the mail service will default not only on the $5.5 billion payment due today, but also on another $5.6 billion payment for future retiree's benefit due September 30.

The Postal Service has pleaded with Congress for years to end the requirement that it pre-fund its retiree's health benefits. But many lawmakers claim that because USPS has such a massive workforce - there are 614,000 Postal Service employees-if it does not pre-fund retirement benefits, it will not be able to pay them in the future.
And as long as these disagreements persist, it looks like naming post offices is the closest Congress will get to passing postal reform.

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Good job House of Representatives, we would rather have you give new names to post offices instead of finding a way to fix the post office.
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08-01-2012 07:37 PM  9 years ago
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PsychoZ, There may help for you yet, worrying about how much something costs the taxpayers. I thought libs were only worried about the greater good no matter how much it costs.

I am working about 2 hours outside of Houston near a smallllllll town of about 50-250 people and they have a post office which is good, BUT appearently we cannot afford it and it needs to be shut down due to costs. I am sure these are all over the country.

We are broke people, somebody needs to make some sacrifices and if you live in a small town you may loose your post office. Face it!
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08-01-2012 07:41 PM  9 years ago
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Its just to bad small towns like that have to go without while the big shot postal dudes sit on their back patios of the gigantic and expensive homes that the postal service purchased for them while enjoying extravagant beyond reason retirement benefits.

Liberty once lost, is lost forever.
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08-01-2012 08:02 PM  9 years ago
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Right now they have both
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08-01-2012 08:47 PM  9 years ago
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PsychoZ, There may help for you yet, worrying about how much something costs the taxpayers. I thought libs were only worried about the greater good no matter how much it costs.
Just goes to show how much of an a** you can make of yourself when you assume a person is either a liberal or doesn't care about the cost to tax payers. You have no idea what my political feelings are. You all attack me because I try and prove that a lot of the stuff you post about Obama is FUD. I did the same thing when Bush was president, whom I voted for. I got attacked for trying to defend Bush when most were saying that he was the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks.

I am just tired off all the bs that gets posted on here. Plus the personal attacks on any president and for some reason it is a lot worse now that we have a democrat in office. to call the president names is childish, and unforgivably I have fallen into that category by calling Mitt, Mittens.

I am 100% against any money being spent on people that have not deserved it or earned it. I want all illegals kicked out of this country, I want the government to follow the constitution as it is written as well as the Bill of Rights. I feel everyone should get the same rights as everyone else that is a legal citizen in this country.

But because I defend Obama on a few things I get labeled as a liberal, pretty sad on your part. Heck I was once asked if I was a member of the Tea Party when I sat down with in a political discussion.

I have both liberal views and conservatives views, this is why I am an independent. I refuse to pick to be either a democrat or a republican, both parties are stupid and they both can suck it.

Ron Paul for president!!!
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