Congress Says The Check Is In The MailFebruary 17, 2022
Congress is already congratulating itself on a bipartisan “reform” of the U.S. Postal Service. The House bill passed 342-92 this month, and it has good prospects in the Senate. Too bad this legislation is an accounting shuffle that’s comic in how much it misses the point.
The USPS has lost money for 15 straight years, a total of $92 billion since 2007. This is often blamed on a 2006 law that requires it to set aside money for retiree health benefits. Yet the mandate has turned into an accounting fiction because the USPS hasn’t made the payments since 2010. It’s $52 billion in the hole. Congress’s solution is to throw out the prefunding rule, so the USPS can adopt a pay-as-you-go model.
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