On Feb. 5, the USPS Fairness Act (H.R. 2382) passed the House of Representatives with overwhelming, bipartisan support – 309 ‘yea,’ 106 ‘nay,’ and 15 Representatives did not vote. The House’s passage of this legislation is the first step toward repealing the retiree health care prefunding mandate set forth in the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA). The prefunding mandate is responsible for 92 percent of Postal Service net losses since 2007 and is a threat to the financial sustainability of the Postal Service.
As Oregon USPS employees, we should be proud that our own US Representatives were sponsors of this bill. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), introduced the USPS Fairness Act (H.R. 2382) which amends title 5, United States Code, to repeal the requirement that the United States Postal Service prepay future retirement benefits, and for other purposes. Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) was co-sponsor to this legislation.
APWU active, retired, and auxiliary members made over 7,570 calls to Congress and conducted numerous office visits urging support for this legislation. With H.R. 2382 passing the House, we now turn our attention to the companion bill in the Senate, S. 2965.
Currently the bill has the following Status: Introduced in the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. The bill is listed as: S. 2965: USPS Fairness Act and has Sponsor: Sen. Steve Daines [R-MT].
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is the Senate’s primary oversight committee with broad jurisdiction over government operations generally and the Department of Homeland Security in particular.