CCAGW Sends Letter to House Opposing H.R. 8015 | Council For Citizens Against Government Waste

CCAGW Sends Letter to House Opposing H.R. 8015

Letters to Officials

August 19, 2020

U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative,

You will soon consider H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act, which would bailout the United States Postal Service (USPS) with an infusion of $25 billion in taxpayer funding without delivering any changes in its failed business model. On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to oppose this legislation.

The USPS reported a net loss of $2.2 billion in the third quarter of fiscal year 2020, bringing total losses since 2007 to more than $84 billion. Moreover, the agency has reached its statutory debt limit of $15 billion and has more than $120 billion in unfunded liabilities. The USPS has been on the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) High-Risk List since 2009.

Nonetheless, the agency stated in its June 30 financial report that it has enough cash on hand to last through August 2021. A one-year financial cushion obviates any need for a single dollar of the taxpayers’ money, making H.R. 8015 wholly unnecessary and wasteful.

In addition to the agency’s fiscal liabilities, the USPS business model is “broken,” as GAO has stated repeatedly, and is a reminder of an increasingly bygone era. As a result of technological advances, including the advent of e-mail and online services, from 2000 to 2019, the annual volume of mail dropped by 47 percent, from 103.5 million to 54.9 million. In 2019, the USPS processed as much mail as it did in 1978, and the downward trend is only expected to accelerate. 

The USPS will continue to operate in the red until Congress enacts legislation that changes its business model, including greater work sharing, closing unneeded facilities, reducing expenses to better match revenues, and staying out of any non-postal related activities like banking. That would be a far better use of time than passing a bill that does not contain a single reform and spends $25 billion the agency does not need.

Again, I urge you to oppose H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act, which would only deliver additional debt to the taxpayers by bailing out the USPS. All votes on H.R. 8015 may be among those considered for CCAGW’s 2020 Congressional Ratings.

Sincerely,

Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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