Apr 25 2012
Legislation passed the Senate by a 62-37 vote
WASHINGTON – Upon passage of the 21st Century Postal Service Act, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), co-author of the bill and chairman of the Senate subcommittee that oversees the U.S. Postal Service, released the following statement:
"The financial situation facing the U.S. Postal Service is dire, but it is not hopeless. The time to act is now, and this legislation will provide the Postal Service with much needed flexibility so it can right-size, modernize, and remain competitive for decades to come. Sens. Lieberman, Collins, Brown and I have worked together to address the concerns raised by many of our Senate colleagues in a responsible manner. Our bill ensures that the Postal Service will receive the resources it needs to survive, while addressing legitimate concerns raised by communities affected when postal facilities are closed or consolidated. Our bill asks for shared sacrifice from postal management, postal employees, postal customers and even members of Congress. Make no mistake: these sacrifices are necessary to ensure that the Postal Service can become and remain financially solvent. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House of Representatives to address the challenges facing the Postal Service. It is my hope that they move forward expeditiously with consideration of Postal reform legislation. We can solve this problem if we work together and remain committed to preserving this invaluable American institution for generations to come."