Recently, Cesar Ybarra of FreedomWorks published an op-ed attacking the bipartisan Postal Reform Act of 2021 introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The op-ed contains unfounded assertions and misleading statements about both the legislation and the U.S. Postal Service.
The bill, H.R. 3076, has broad support in the House (61 co-sponsors, including 24 Republicans). An identical Senate companion bill (S. 1720) introduced by Sens. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) also has bipartisan support, with more Republican co-sponsors — 13 — than Democrat.
Contrary to Ybarra’s assertion that H.R. 3076 disregards standard accounting and cost-management practices, the legislation would strengthen the Postal Service’s finances by adopting private-sector best practices in two important ways.