Senator Sherrod Brown...
The Next Era of the Postal Service
January 6, 2012
holiday season, Ohioans received
scores of gifts—from Great Lakes beer to Cincinnati chili—but many of
parcels probably weren’t dropped off by their local postal carrier.
United States Postal Service
(USPS)—the second-largest employer in the United States and one
the U.S. Constitution—is governed by rules that limit its financial
To address a growing deficit, more than 120 post offices and 10 mail
centers in Ohio have been slated for possible closure because of
closures could prove costly for
middle-class families in our state, resulting in job losses and
service. That is why I fought for a moratorium on all postal facility
until May 2012. With this additional time, Congress can modernize the
usher in the next era of the USPS.
delivery companies perform an
important service. But the Post Office should be able to compete for
parcel business, too. That’s why I’m fighting to pass the Postal
Protection Act, legislation that would help bring the USPS back to
it would deal with the USPS’s
fiscal challenges. This bill would address a broken pension system
currently costs the USPS more than $5 billion every year. Right now,
Service must pre-fund 75 years of future retiree health care benefits
10 years. With this legislation, we can address immediate fiscal
facing the USPS by overhauling the USPS retiree benefit requirements.
it would allow the Post Office
to innovate. By easing current financial constraints on the agency, the
would have additional avenues to earn income—like shipping beer or
state fishing license—that can put the Postal Service back on the road
legislation would also protect a
six-day delivery—preserving Saturday delivery and maintaining current
for first-class mail delivery. This is vitally important for seniors
patients who depend on timely delivery of life-saving prescription
any postal reform legislation
Congress considers, we must take into account what affect these
have on America’s recovering economy. What would inaction mean for Ohio
workers—many of them veterans,
women, and rural residents—do more than deliver holiday cards and news
home. They also watch out for elderly neighbors, and help build a sense
Since 1775, the USPS has kept Americans connected with one another and
of the world.
state ranks eighth in the nation
for the number of USPS employees—including letter carriers and
Ohioans cash checks, obtain passports, and operate small businesses. We
help the USPS, a self-supporting government entity, adapt to the
the 21st century.
robust Post Office means that small
businesses and non-profits have reliable and affordable means to
business. It means that the shopping centers and small businesses in
areas—which, in many cases, are anchored by the presence of a post
continue to thrive. It also ensures that seniors can receive their
prescriptions and Social Security checks without delay.
motto of the Post Office: “neither
snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night” dates back to antiquity.
Greek letter carriers likely faced unleashed dogs—though not email. Yet
confident that we can and must overcome the challenges faced by the
is our promise to our neighborhood postal worker, our neighbors, and