Postal Service bill: House leaders set vote after July Fourth


Becky Sweeney picks up a package at the Websterville, Vt., post office this month. (Toby Talbot/AP)

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.


Outside the Manassas Post Office. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Postal leaders have pushed for swift passage, as they expect to lose more than $7 billion when the USPS fiscal year ends in September.

Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.
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