Harry Reid Stands With Bernie Sanders Against Cuts To The US Postal Service

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has joined with Sen. Bernie Sanders to speak out against proposed cuts to the US Postal Service.

According to a statement from Sen. Sanders,

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has added his crucial backing to calls for a one-year moratorium on U.S. Postal Service plans to close up to 82 mail processing plants, slow down mail delivery and eliminate up to 15,000 jobs.

Reid added his signature to those of 50 other senators who signed a letter calling for a ban on Postal Service cuts as part of must-pass legislation to keep the government running into the new fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) organized the effort to block the cuts proposed by Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.

“This one-year moratorium will give Congress the time it needs to enact the comprehensive postal reforms that are necessary for the Postal Service to function effectively into the future,” the senators wrote in the letter to Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Richard Shelby (R-La.), the chairwoman and ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “At a time when our middle class is disappearing, the loss of 15,000 good-paying Postal Service jobs will harm our local communities and economies,” the senators added.

The proposed cuts are all part of a scheme to drive the Postal Service into privatization. Republicans imposed a mandate on the Postal Service that required them to fund 75 years worth of future retirees health care benefits over a ten-year period. Even though revenues are outpacing expenses, the Postal Service is losing money on paper because of the funding mandate.

In real world terms, the loss of 15,000 jobs and slower mail service would have a devastating impact on several local economies. One of the biggest Republican lies is that the Postal Service is losing money. The USPS would be profitable if Republicans would not have forced it into deficit.

Privatization would mean more expensive, but less frequent mail delivery. The profit motive would direct private postal carriers to provide the best services to the biggest customers. Rural areas would likely be cut out of the postal delivery system, and postal workers would see lower wages.

Killing the Postal Service is an ideological Republican dream that Harry Reid, fifty Democrat senators, and Independent Bernie Sanders are standing together to stop.

19 Replies to “Harry Reid Stands With Bernie Sanders Against Cuts To The US Postal Service”

  1. This is so ridiculous. The USPS is efficient, the cheapest service in the world, and the GOP can’t stand it. Get Congress OUT of the postal service. End that mandate, and watch them make money. We do not need to privatize every blessed service in this nation…yes, it enriches the CEOS, while screwing with everyone else. Enough.

  2. While we know the American Taliban hates anything government especially when it works methinks they have other motives at play.

    The US Postal system was one way that the poor, Vets and minorities could lift themselves up to the middle class with great benefits and quality healthcare all things the rethuglicans abhor.

    While the car thief, arsonist and insurance fraudster was the driving force for this farce we still have to lay blame at Danny Davis for co-signing. Seeing that UPS has a major hub in Chicago I wonder how much he was bribed to push the legislation through?

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    U.S. Federal Judge Peter Economus issued a preliminary injunction barring the enforcement of an Ohio law passed earlier this year that cut the early voting period in Ohio from 35 days to 28 days and eliminated a so-called golden week in which citizens are allowed to register and vote at the same time.

    The judge ruled the law signed by Gov. John Kasich (R) violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits voting practices that discriminate based on race, color or language. “

  4. Since the potential for making big money is there, the Republicans think it should be private and under the control of the wealthy. The Teapublican party has killed more jobs than they have created. Guess they forgot what they promised at the last election. We are still waiting for those many jobs they were going create if elected. Leave the Postal service alone.

  5. I keep asking myself how its going to be the year 2015, and nearly every branch of government is still required to chop down trees and shove papers in a box just so that i can throw them away the next morning–rather than defaulting to email as a requirement, or at least a primary form of notification delivery. If anyone would defend the USPS from budget cuts, it should be to invest in an improvement in the service which can optionally scan paper mail intended for you and instead deliver it to your email box of choice, ensuring that the paper is also then properly recycled. It would cost less, deliver notices faster, and be saving our planet.

  6. Not everybody has email. You think you’re sounding reasonable, but it is a pathetic attempt to push a RW agenda. Leave the f**cking mail alone! You can already have most of your bills and other mail sent to you if you want to opt for paperless communication. Again, leave the USPS alone, it is an American institution.

  7. Plus its in the Constitution
    Article I, Section 8, Clause 7 of the United States Constitution, known as the Postal Clause or the Postal Power, empowers Congress “To establish Post Offices and post Roads”.
    ” My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total.” Barbara Jordan, 1974

  8. First, reverse that insane requirement that USPS fund their retirement at such ridiculous levels that it’s bleeding the rest of the organization dry. No Board of Directors of any sane company in the world would implement such as self-destructive policy the way the US Congress has done to kill the USPS! This is disgraceful. Their only intent seems to be so they can “prove” it’s an unsustainable business and needs to be privatized.

    Do you know what will happen then, if it WERE to be privatized?

    The company that buys it will “cash out” that humongous retirement plan by restructuring it to conform with the same policies the IRS allows for ALL Corporations, and they’ll walk away with billions of dollars of cash looted from American Citizens who’ve been over-paying for USPS services for years because of this insane policy.

    Reform the USPS retirement fund policies to conform to the same guidelines that every other American business follows.

  9. So they privatize it and thousands and thousands of decently paid and benefited middle class workers have to go to work for some private corporation that pays them dirt, provides very few benefits and reaps big profit for itself. Here goes another pillar of the middle class. People, please take notice. The middle class is you and you could be next.

  10. Just because the Postal Service is $90 Billion in debt doesn’t mean that the institution is in trouble.

    The Reich-Wing doesn’t know jack-squat about economics.

  11. Mike…The mandate devised and imposed by the Republicans on the United States Postal System is all part of a plan to kill a part of our nation’s history, an effective, inexpensive form of package delivery to even the most remote areas of our country and one of our country’s largest employer of veterans. Legislation was passed on the Postal Service that required the funding 75 years worth of future retirees health care benefits over a ten-year period. Even though revenues are outpacing expenses, the Postal Service is losing money on paper because of the funding mandate. Have they ever required such regulations on business? No.
    Disabled veterans and seniors depend on USPS for uninterrupted medication delivery. We must give the USPS a free hand at utilizing their revenues, it supports itself with the sale of stamps. It could do more once the shackles are removed.

  12. Mike…The mandate devised and imposed by the Republicans on the United States Postal System is all part of a plan to kill a part of our nation’s history, an effective, inexpensive form of package delivery to even the most remote areas of our country and one of our country’s largest employer of veterans. Legislation was passed on the Postal Service that required the funding 75 years worth of future retirees health care benefits over a ten-year period. Even though revenues are outpacing expenses, the Postal Service is losing money on paper because of the funding mandate. Have they ever required such regulations on business? No.
    Disabled veterans and seniors depend on USPS for uninterrupted medication delivery.
    The USPS needs a free hand to better utilize their revenues, it supports itself with the sale of stamps. It could be much more creative once the shackles are removed. GOTV!

  13. Another goofy thing about your proposal is the fact that the postal workers who scan your mail would be reading all your private stuff, you know they’d have to open it to scan it and email it to you. Instead of trying to defend the indefensible, I suggest you think some more on your position.

  14. Let’s see if we can explain this to the trolls. You only see the headline “cost cutting.” OK, so costs are cut. What are the repercussions of that? Well, rural (hello, conservative districts), are hurt. Small businesses can’t ship or receive products on time, causing delays/disruptions in their operations. Want to send that b-day gift to your niece or nephew at a good rate? Sorry. Have to use UPS or FedEx. What about medications and medical supplies for Seniors? Again, sorry. Your grandparents, parents, Aunts and Uncles can’t get their meds have to wait longer.

    Postal jobs are lost, which means less disposable income to be spent at, and circulated within, local businesses.

    So, look beyond the headlines! (And no, you can’t blame the President).

  15. The USPS is deemed in trouble solely due to Repub attempts to privatize it by demanding an outrageous pension pre-pay that no private biz would ever be involved in. The GOP claims to dearly love our Constitution yet apparently only the parts that don’t counter their oligarchical ideology. (See Article I, Sec 8.) They’ve already shut down overnight delivery – ends Jan 2015 unless we act. (Petition: http://pac.petitions.moveon.org/sign/save-our-post-office )

    So many rely on mail delivery. Who thinks FedEx would make sure a town of 500 people would get their magazines, birthday cards, personal letters, etc on a daily basis. Some shutins look forward to their daily visitor – may even depend on them.

    The US Postal Service is a vital part of democracy – sonething else the GOP seems to be increasingly against. Digital mail, internet access, are hardly available to all. Privatizing the USPS deprives millions of vital information sources and personal communications. It NEEDS TO BE SAVE…

  16. We should all be realistic that every time the right wingers adjust a bill they take away from the middle class. They are nothing but selfish pigs (women included). There is nothing in any of their plans to enrich the life of the common man. It’s all for the 1%. If a person has an IQ above 50 they would not vote for any of them. The dummies do not realize that just because they have a well paying job without a union as soon as they get rid of them all of their wages and benefits will fall. Because of their stupidity they cannot see this. That is why they want charter schools,to keep education at a low level with only basic knowledge. One day,if they succeed the grandchildren will ask why we’re my parents and grandparents so dumb. They can thank the right wing and the religious right.

  17. Only issue with that, Mike, is that not everyone has the internet. Make it so that there is something like Lifeline for internet service so that even the poorest can afford it? Then yes, something along that line would work.

  18. Republicans are hot to kill the Post Office for a simple reason. Union Busting! See, the Post Office is highly successful, self-supporting, and shows respect for its employees who enjoy reasonable wages and benefits! Republicans simply can’t have that! The scabrous B@ST@RDS!

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