The long road to getting a bill passed in Washington is rarely smooth. The efforts of the last few years to pass a postal reform bill, whose primary purpose is to efficiently downsize the USPS in light of its diminished use in today's society, has been no exception. During the 112th Congress, the Senate passed a postal reform bill, but the House was unable to counter with one of its own. So far, a year-and-a-quarter into the 113th Congress, a similar pattern has ensued. Here's a recap
With the sole exception of Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) swinging for the United States Postal Service ratepayer (you and me), January 2014 was a dismal month for those who advocate direct mail in the marketing mix ... and in February, I'm definitely looking for some love. Will we find it?
There are no guarantees when "grand" budget and funding bills make their way through Congress ... there's always a chance some horse-trading will be tacked on that undermines the interests of and harms the direct marketing community. That's why I was more than an interested bystander when a federal budget deal was announced last week that seeks to keep the government funded without another costly shutdown
A range of Senate Democrats—many from red states—have serious concerns about a leading proposal to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service, adding a new impediment to Congress’s efforts to get legislation done. The Postal Service is on pace to bleed more than $20 billion over 2012 and 2013, and top officials there have urged Democrats and Republicans to come together on a legislative fix. But in the latest setback for postal reform, some Democrats say a current Senate bill would do too much to, among other things, slow down delivery standards and eat into USPS’s remaining competitive advantages