Our troubled economy – coupled with the continued migration to electronic forms of communication – is putting the future of the U.S. Postal Service in jeopardy. As The New York Times put it, "The United States Postal Service has long lived on the financial edge, but it has never been as close to the precipice as it is today." A loss of the U.S. Postal Service and the valuable services it provides is an unthinkable yet very real possibility. Furthermore, the loss of an industry that employs some 8.5 million people and generates more than $1 trillion in sales and revenue each year would be devastating to our still fragile economy.
The Postal Reform Act of 2013
As Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Senator Carper -- along with the committee's ranking Republican, Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma -- has introduced the Postal Reform Act of 2013. This bipartisan legislation aims to give the Postal Service the tools and flexibility it needs to right-size, modernize and return to profitability.
Read more about the bipartisan postal reform bill here.
Congress must act quickly to address this dire situation, and you can join the conversation by using the hashtag #USPS on Twitter, by following me @SenatorCarper on Twitter, and by liking my Facebook page.
For more information on Senator Carper's work to reform the U.S. Postal Service, please visit the website of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which Senator Carper chairs, at hsgac.senate.gov.