Senators Rethink Rate Clause in Postal Bill

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Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) was unsuccessful in getting Section 301 stricken from the Postal Reform Act of 2014 (PRA) in a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee markup session on January 29, but she may have succeeded in substantially altering it.

The offending-to-mailers rate setting clause put in the bill by authors Tom Carper (D-DE) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) would install the 4.3% exigent increase as the rate baseline going forward and increase the annual rate cap to CPI plus 1%. Additionally, it would strip the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of its power to approve or deny rate increases and essentially hand a rubber stamp for price increases to the U. S. Postal Service.

Eager to win bipartisan support for the bill, Carper asked Baldwin if she’d compromise on a Section 301 that returned the cap to CPI alone, minus the additional 1%. But Baldwin stuck to her guns. “I’ve been offering compromise language for months, until last week, and it’s been rejected every time. This amendment is also about governance. I have very strong concerns about the monopolistic aspects of the postal service and the postal service regulating itself,” said Baldwin, who asked for a roll call vote on her amendment.

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BaldBaldwin holds the line for mailers

Thank you, Senator Baldwin.  You go, girl!

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 30th, 2014 at 11:13 pm

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