Epicomm Members can also find further reading and discussion on this issue on their Communities Site.

“Our situation is extremely serious,” the postmaster general, Patrick R. Donahoe, said in an interview. “If Congress doesn’t act, we will default.” -NY Times, 9/4/11

The Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service released a one-page paper stating their position and the steps they feel are necessary to provide for a sustainable USPS. Epicomm asserts these points as their position as well.

Read more on this topic & find the paper HERE.

I have heard several members express the sentiment that “Congress will never let the Postal Service fail. It’s too big and too important.” While this may, at the end of the day, be true I would caution everyone to not take the process for granted. Hammering out meaningful legislation that will ensure the future of the Postal Service will be a difficult process that will likely move the agency to the brink of a shutdown before concluding. The same partisanship that has characterized Congress’ approach to the national debt will impact any legislative process related to the Postal Service. Significant and substantive differences exist between current legislative proposals from members of the House and Senate. Resolving these differences will not be easy. Don’t be surprised if nothing is done until early next year, as a total shutdown becomes even more of a potential reality.

This is why this section has been created on our website. We will work to provide you with information to keep you up-to-date on these important developments. We would encourage you to stay informed and voice your opinions. Postal Points will continue to provide you with in-depth reporting on these issues. And, you will soon receive a solicitation and “call for action” on your part. AMSP has developed a robust and effective legislative advocacy capability. This critically important commitment needs your financial support to continue. In addition, Congress needs to hear your voice. The mailing will include a breakdown of current legislative proposals and a synopsis of AMSP’s positions. You will also receive a couple of letter drafts you can potentially use to communicate with your respective members of Congress. Help us be active and effective. Get engaged.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I appreciate your support.

Ken Garner