Congressman Gonzalez Votes in Favor of the United States Postal Service Fairness Act
WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) voted in favor of the bipartisan H.R. 2382, the United States Postal Service (USPS) Fairness Act. This bill seeks to repeal the requirement that the USPS prepay future retirement benefits which accounted for 100% of the USPS’s net losses in the last six years. The USPS is the only federal agency that is mandated to pre-fund its employees future health care benefits.
The bill will eliminate the 2006 pre-funding requirement and in effect will help stabilize USPS’s business model. The existing mandate prevents USPS from investing in new services, technology, and infrastructure needed to meet the evolving postal needs of the nation.
“Depletion of U.S. postal worker retiree benefits is an avoidable dilemma,” said Congressman Vicente Gonzalez. “This bill will apply the same retiree health funding rules that apply to all other federal agencies. It is my hope that the Senate will take up this critical legislation and bring us closer to meaningful postal reform.”
Repealing the pre-funding requirement will enable the USPS to invest in critical improvements while maintaining commitments to retirees’ health benefits.
More information on H.R. 2382 is available here.