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The House Has Passed Postal Reform, Reaching a New Milestone in a Decade-Long Effort to Reshape USPS

February 8, 2022

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The House on Tuesday passed 342-92 a significant reform of the U.S. Postal Service that would eliminate much of its debt and restructure some of its operations, opening the door to the first overhaul of the mailing agency in 15 years and providing it major financial relief after more than a decade of billion-dollar losses.

The 2021 Postal Reform Act (H.R. 3076) won sweeping bipartisan support, a notable victory for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who have for more than 10 years sought to deliver the core elements of the bill for USPS. Congress last passed major postal reform in 2006, though the agency’s finances collapsed shortly thereafter and lawmakers have struggled to address the situation ever since. The new measure now heads to the Senate, where it already has broad bipartisan support and a vote is expected in short order.

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