Senators from Pa. differ on new U.S. Postal Service reform legislation

Written by on March 9, 2022

Senators from Pa. differ on new U.S. Postal Service reform legislation

By Tyler Pratt
March 9, 2022

A bill to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service passed the Senate this week with overwhelming bipartisan support. But Pennsylvania’s U.S. senators disagree on how effective the changes will be. 

The Postal Service Reform Act aims to beef up mail delivery by shifting funding, lifting red tape and ensuring mail goes out six days a week.

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Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat, called it a “significant step toward modernizing the system.”

Casey has been critical of the service, saying residents continue to see delays in getting medications and bills. In 2020, he even attempted a surprise visit to a Lehigh Valley distribution center after hearing reports of backlogged mail-in ballots. 

Republican Sen. Pat Toomey opposed the reform plan, which he said “overpromised and under-delivered.”

He said it moves billions of dollars in postal retirees’ health benefits to Medicare, calling that “unsustainable.”

Toomey said he’d like to see an overhaul of the entire postal system, which he says is outdated and hemorrhaging money.

The bill now goes to President Joe Biden, who is expected to sign it into law. Officials have repeatedly warned that without congressional action the Postal Service would run out of cash by 2024.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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