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Finally! US Postal Service Reform is about to happen

I want to bring to your attention a big, grassroots victory in the House this past week.

For a long time, we've been working to reform the U.S. Postal Service and make it financially stable.

And thanks to the support of hundreds of thousands of grassroots Democrats – who signed petition after petition, and wrote letter after letter – the House passed the bill!

This tidal wave of grassroots support (along with some tough negotiating) produced a strong bipartisan vote - 342 to 92 - with 120 Republicans joining every single Democrat in support.

Because of a misguided law passed many years ago, the Postal Service has been required to pre-fund the pensions of all future postal workers 75 years into the future. That's right – the law required them to put away pension money today for postal workers who have not even been born yet!

The requirement to fund pensions today for the year 2097 has made it very difficult for the Postal Service to fund basic operations. And this bill fixes it. It also guarantees six-day delivery service and creates a public dashboard with weekly service metrics to demonstrate accountability.

Right now the bill is pending in the Senate, but there are hopeful signs that they will pass it soon.

Too often, watching Congress work can be frustrating. There is still more to do to with the Postal Service, including removing Louis DeJoy as postmaster general, but we are making meaningful progress.

Thank you for standing with me as we fight for the U.S. Postal Service, its workers, and for everyone who benefits from its essential services.

With gratitude,

Suzanne Bonamici

Posted on February 15, 2022.

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Meet Suzanne

Suzanne knows what it’s like to struggle to make ends meet. She worked her way through community college, university, and law school. She started her career at Legal Aid and worked as a consumer rights attorney. Throughout her career she’s been a leading advocate for public education, protecting the environment, and civil rights. She’s fighting for a better future for all Oregonians.

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