Senator Collins

Postal regulators will meet Tuesday to start considering a U.S. Postal Service request to raise first class stamp prices to 46 cents and other postage rates beyond the rate of inflation. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). But the senator who coauthored the law allowing USPS to file what's called an "exigent rate case" told the Postal Regulatory Commission on Monday that it shouldn't approve the hike this time. At issue is a clause in the 2006 Postal reform law that allows the mail agency to raise prices beyond inflation in the event of "extraordinary or exceptional circumstances." Sen. Susan Collins

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