Today, Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) applauded the signing into law of the bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 following his support and advocacy for the legislation in the House.
"The U.S. Postal Service is a bedrock institution that delivers for Granite State households, businesses, and communities," said Congressman Chris Pappas. "I'm pleased that the President has signed this bipartisan legislation, enacting reforms to strengthen this vital public service and ensuring it is on a solid footing for the future. I proudly supported this bill in the House because I know these commonsense reforms will benefit my communities and the service they depend on while honoring the dedication of our hard-working postal employees."
The legislation requires Medicare integration for future retirees, eliminating the requirement to pre-fund retiree health benefits for 75 years in the future - something no private company or other federal entity is required to do - develop performance transparency measures, implement six-day integrated delivery, and allow USPS to offer non-postal services for state and local governments.
The U.S. Postal Service funds the universal mail service it provides to nearly 159 million delivery points solely through the sale of postage. USPS adds one million new delivery points every year.
In February 2022, Pappas voted to pass the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 in the House.
In August 2020, he voted to pass H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act, which would prohibit the Postal Service from implementing or approving any changes to the operations or service levels in effect on January 1, 2020, that would impede prompt, reliable, and efficient service.
Congressman Pappas led 31 Members of Congress in calling on Health and Human Services Secretary Azar to publicly defend USPS, urging him to "convey to the President and the public the significant negative impact that a reduction in USPS service would have on our health care system."
He also called on the United States Postal Service Office of the Inspector General to investigate a media report that the USPS sold a mail sorting machine at the facility on Goffs Falls Road in Manchester for scrap parts to a man from Pennsylvania. The report came as the Postmaster-General has spent months systematically attacking the Postal Service and undermining services that veterans, seniors, and voters rely on every day.