Pascrell Assails Destructive Postal Report
So-called task force would harm, not help USPS
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09), New Jersey’s only member on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, blasted a report issued by Donald Trump’s task force on the U.S. Postal Service that seeks to weaken the USPS under the guise of saving it.
“This task force is a vehicle to commit vandalism on our cherished Postal Service. Its report actually endorses the artificial pension requirement Republicans tied around USPS’s neck in 2006 that requires USPS to prefund its employee pensions 75 years in advance, an unprecedented obligation that is slowly strangling USPS. The task force then pushes an agenda that would attack the collective bargaining rights of unionized employees and reduce delivery days and service standards. It would also dilute the constitutional promise of universal service by threatening to increase costs for rural communities. This report represents a slow-pincer movement towards privatizing America’s postal service. While I didn’t think the Trump administration had any interest in protecting the USPS, this report confirms that they want to actively harm it. Congress must stand up.”