By: CQ Staff
They weren’t able to get it done in the 112th Congress, but the House and Senate committee chairmen working on postal overhaul legislation say they are committed to trying again in the 113th.
“While our approaches have differed in the past, we made significant progress in narrowing our differences in recent months, and our commitment to restoring this American institution to long-term solvency is unwavering,” Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Chairman Thomas R. Carper, D-Del., and House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said in a joint statement Thursday.
“We remain committed to working with our colleagues in both the House and Senate to reform the Postal Service so it can survive and thrive in the 21st century,” they added.
Although both chambers passed postal overhaul bills in the last Congress, efforts to reach a compromise were unsuccessful.
One reason was changes proposed in the Senate bill that would reduce wage replacement benefits for postal employees who were injured on the job. The Federal-Postal Coalition argued that those replacement benefits would fall far below what such workers could expect to make if they worked a full career.
A House version of the bill did not include those specific benefit cuts. Carper and Issa’s statement did not address the particular issue.