Senators Decide to Move Postal Reform Bill to the Senate Floor

To the chagrin of direct mailers and marketers, Senators approved a revision of Section 301 of the 2014 Postal Reform Act (PRA), moving the bill to the full Senate for consideration, during a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee markup session on February 6. Committee members voted in favor of moving the bill. Originally, Section 301 set the 4.3% exigent increase as the rate baseline for further rate increases and adds 1% to the annual CPI cap rate adjustment.  Read more.

Catalogers take on the hill.

 

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Senators Rethink Rate Clause in Postal Bill

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) was unsuccessful in getting Section 301 stricken from the Postal Reform Act of 2014 (PRA) in a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee markup session on January 29, but she may have succeeded in substantially altering it.

The offending-to-mailers rate setting clause put in the bill by authors Tom Carper (D-DE) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) would install the 4.3% exigent increase as the rate baseline going forward and increase the annual rate cap to CPI plus 1%. Additionally, it would strip the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of its power to approve or deny rate increases and essentially hand a rubber stamp for price increases to the U. S. Postal Service. Read more.

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Baldwin holds the line for mailers.

In a Revised Senate Postal Bill, Exigency Is Forever

Three weeks after hitting them with an injurious 6% rate hike, postal decision makers in Washington continue to enrage direct mailers. On January 17 it was Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Tom Coburn (R-OK), whose re-draft of their Postal Reform Act would make the exigent increase permanent and add an annual 1% to the CPI cap.  Read more.

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