Senate nears final vote on USPS reform bill after running into procedural hurdles

A long-awaited reform bill that would save the Postal Service a total of $107 billion is coming close to a final vote on the Senate floor, after a few procedural hurdles.

Last week, 74 senators voted to proceed and begin debate on the Postal Service Reform Act. After a drawn-out week of debate, the Senate has scheduled a cloture vote on the USPS bill Monday afternoon.

The bill’s advocates at first expected a straightforward vote in the Senate, after the House passed the bill last month. The legislation has more than 100 co-sponsors in the House, and at least 14 Democratic and 14 Republican co-sponsors in the Senate.

Two Republican senators, however, are openly opposed to the legislation and have sought to delay the bill over concerns it will hurt the long-term solvency of Medicare.


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