Sending Office: Honorable Peter A. DeFazio
Current Cosponsors (30): DeFazio*, Reed*, Fitzpatrick*, Torres Small*, Craig, Susan Davis, DeLauro, Fletcher, Golden, Grijalva, Haaland, Higgins, Holmes Norton,
Bill Johnson, Kirkpatrick, Krishnamoorthi, Mast, McGovern,
McKinley, Pappas, Pascrell, Pressley, Reschenthaler, Rose, Rush, Ryan, Suozzi, Bennie G. Thompson, Van Drew, Vela, Velazquez
Endorsed by American Postal Workers Union, National Association of Letter Carriers, National Association of Postal Supervisors,
National Postal Mail Handlers Union, and National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association
In 2006, Congress passed legislation requiring the United States Postal Service (USPS) to prefund decades’ worth of health benefits for its future retirees. This week, Reps. DeFazio (D-OR), Reed (R-NY), Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Torres Small (D-NM) introduced
H.R. 2382, the USPS Fairness Act, to finally repeal this unfair government mandate.
The prefunding mandate is entirely unique to USPS – no other federal agency or private enterprise in America is required to prefund retiree health benefits. The result of this mandate triggered nothing less than a financial crisis for USPS, and it continues
to plague the agency more than a decade later.
The prefunding mandate has cost an average of $5.4 billion since 2007. It is responsible for more than 90 percent of USPS’ losses since then and 100 percent of losses since 2013. As a result of these losses, USPS has largely been unable to invest in new
services, technology, and products, and core services that Americans rely on, including door-to-door service and six-day delivery, have been continually threatened.
It’s beyond time for Congress to repeal this ridiculous mandate, which is why I urge you to cosponsor the USPS Fairness Act. This bill very simply repeals the prefunding mandate.
This legislation will not only end USPS’s financial crisis but will allow the agency to finally invest in critical improvements, all while maintaining its commitments to retirees’ health benefits.
If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor H.R. 2382, please contact James Huddleston at
Peter A. DeFazio
Member of Congress
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