House Bill Could Be Much DifferentPublished: Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Sponsors of postal reform have been working for months to get postal reform moving, and the Senate's action after that delay shifts the issue to the House. However, the same issues that stalled the bill in the Senate apply there, as well. In addition to the controversial FECA language, the House plan would allow faster action on downsizing and a move may be made there to allow USPS to leave FEHB and create its own health insurance plan on looser terms than would be allowed under the Senate bill. Sponsors still hope to have a law enacted by May 15, the end of a moratorium on closing facilities that USPS agreed to in exchange for Congress making postal reform a priority item.