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Could Congress actually deliver on a postal service reform package? It's looking that way

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FILE - Delivery trucks arrive at the loading dock at the United States Postal Service sorting and processing facility Nov. 18, 2021, in Boston. The Environmental Protection Agency is raising concerns about a U.S. Postal Service plan to replace its huge fleet of mail-delivery trucks, saying the effort does not include enough electric vehicles. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Kentucky U.S. representative James Comer is hailing a U.S. postal service reform measure he helped craft as one of those rarest of birds, a bill enjoying overwhelming support from both sides of the aisle.

The bill makes big promises — including $50 billion in savings for the postal service over 10 years. To achieve those savings, the service would begin requiring employees to enroll in Medicare. The USPS would also be freed up from requirements to pre-fund health benefits for current and retiring employees.

Comer, the Republican ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, says the Postal Service Reform Act should also reassure those who rely on the service.

"Our bill codifies six-day delivery for mail and packages, which gives American businesses and the mailing industry full confidence in using the post office. We require the postal service to continually report on its current reforms as it makes operational changes to its delivery network, offers new service offerings, and makes targeted infrastructure investments."
Kentucky U.S. Representative James Comer

The postal service, which does not receive taxpayer dollars, has been losing billions annually in recent years, according to NPR.

Controversy over the postal service's role erupted around issues involving the 2020 election and mail-in ballots, and only intensified after the appointment of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy under former president Trump.

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