As Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Senator Carper has made reforming the U.S. Postal Service a top priority. His first hearing as Chairman was on the subject, and he continues to work with his colleagues, the Postal Service and interested parties on how best to take action to fix the ailing Postal Service. He remains committed to ensuring this vital American institution, enshrined in the Constitution itself, survives for future generations.
Senator Carper on the Bipartisan Plan to Reform the Postal Service
Senator Carper and the Republican Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Senator Tom Coburn, have introduced the Postal Reform Act of 2013, a bipartisan plan to help fix the Postal Service's financial woes.
In introducing the legislation, Chairman Carper said: "One year ago, the United States Postal Service defaulted for the first time in its history. As Businessweek put it: 'The U.S. Postal Service essentially went broke today.' The agency was – and is – facing its worst financial challenges in 200 years. Over the past year, Americans have realized the hard truth that the Postal Service is on the verge of financial collapse. If it were to shut down, the impact on our economy would be devastating. Although the situation is dire, it isn’t hopeless. With the right tools and quick action from Congress, the Postal Service can reform, right-size and modernize. The bill that Dr. Coburn and I introduced last night presents a comprehensive and bipartisan solution to the Postal Service's financial challenges that would prevent collapse, protect millions of mailing industry jobs, and enable this critical institution to serve the American public for years to come. This bill isn’t perfect and will certainly change as Dr. Coburn and I hear from colleagues and stakeholders, including postal employees and customers. But the time to act is now. It is my hope that Congress and the Obama Administration can come together to enhance this plan in order to save the Postal Service before it’s too late."
Senator Carper's Past Work on Postal Reform
|8/12/11||Sen. Carper Reacts to Latest Postal Service Proposals to Address Dire Fiscal Situation|
|8/5/11||Sen. Carper Statement on Most Recent U.S. Postal Service Financial Losses|
|6/23/11||Sen. Carper Statement on Rep. Issa's Postal Reform Act|
|6/22/11||Sen. Carper Statement on U.S. Postal Service Decision to Suspend Federal Employees Retirement Systems Payments|