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THE GCA DESK
Congress must ensure
REFLE CTED IN P OS T A GE RATES
Community members need to contact their own
representatives
BY NORA WEISER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GCA
RAFE MORRISSEY, GCA VICE PRESIDENT OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Nora Weiser
Rafe Morrissey
true postal reform is
E
arlier this year, Congress passed the Postal Service
Reform Act of 2022 (PSRA). While providing the USPS with
substantial financial relief from the prefunding obligation
for retiree healthcare benefits and the liability for missed
payments, language from earlier versions requiring the
Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) to review the expanded
cap for postage rates it approved in early 2020 was not
included. While the USPS has benefited enormously from
the legislation, including posting a $59.7 billion net profit last
quarter, it has not resulted in any mitigation of rate increases
for mailers. In fact, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy intends
to pursue what he has described
as " uncomfortable increases " for
mailers in spite of the legislation
to achieve the level of financial
stability he deems necessary. In
addition, he appears to be moving
forward with rate increases twice
a year with another planned for
this January.
GCA believes the PRC should be
required to review the rate cap for
stamps and other mail products to
account not only for the PSRA but
also for the impact of COVID on
the USPS, which has experienced
his staff worked with the GCA Public Affairs team to develop
and introduce the Ensuring Accurate Postal Rates Act (H.R.
8781) to require the PRC to conduct a broad-based review of
the expanded rate caps it approved at the end of 2020.
Representatives Jake La Turner (R-KS) and Sam Graves
Postmaster General Louis
DeJoy intends to pursue
what he has described as
" uncomfortable increases " for
mailers in spite of legislation
to achieve financial stability
substantially greater revenue than it forecast as well as a
$10 billion grant from Congress and funding for new vehicle
acquisitions.
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) is one of the main architects of
the PSRA but believes the issue of rate stability was a missing
element from the bill. In early September, Rep. Connolly and
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(R-MO) joined in introducing the bill, providing a bipartisan
platform to highlight the need for a new review to make
certain that the rate cap for stamp prices accurately reflects
the USPS's financial condition. The limited amount of time
left in this Congress will not allow the bill to advance towards
passage, however, it is hoped that it can garner a significant
number of cosponsors between
now and the midterm elections,
after which negotiation to finalize
the FY2023 omnibus spending bill
are expected to begin in earnest.
Additionally, petitions from GCA/
AF&PA and PostCom are still
pending before the PRC and a
significant number of cosponsors
could motivate the Commission to
take up one or both of the petitions
on its own.
It is vital that the greeting
card community weigh in with
our members of Congress to ask
them to cosponsor H.R. 8781. It is easy to do. Simply text
" postage " to 52886, and you can easily generate a note to
your representative in Washington, D.C.
Enacting postal reform was a major step forward but we
need to make sure its benefits are fully reflected in the limits
for stamp price increases. S T

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