Long-awaited consideration of legislation to reform the U.S. Postal Service will be debated and put up for vote in the House after the Fourth of July holiday and before the August congressional recess, House
leaders said Friday.
Republican leaders announced the plan in a memo to lawmakers that said constituents could soon face the adverse affects of USPS belt-tightening if Congress failed to act.
The main reform bill in the House, co-sponsored by Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Dennis Ross (R-Fla.), would permit USPS to end Saturday mail deliveries, close thousands of post offices and phase out the use of doorside mailboxes in some communities.
The bill also would establish a financial control board to overhaul postal finances and a separate commission to review the closure of post offices and processing facilities.
The Senate passed a different bill last month, and Senate Democrats
have pushed House GOP leaders to quickly consider postal legislation to settle the issue and permit USPS to begin making changes. Much of the delay on the House bill is coming from leaders who want to avoid having to consider dozens of amendments from lawmakers eager to save post offices in their districts. The Senate held more than 30 up-or-down votes on proposed amendments before passing its bill.
Postal leaders have pushed for swift passage, as they expect to lose more than $7 billion when the USPS fiscal year ends in September.