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With the U.S. Postal Service's Finances Improving, It May Now Be More Important to Repeal a Unique Congressional Mandate

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POSTAL SERVICE
-FINANCES ARE SHARPLY IMPROVING--YET SOME WASHINGTON-LEGISLATORS STILL WANT TO TAKE AWAY SERVICES FROM RESIDENTS AND SMALL BUSINESSES.  THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS' PRESIDENT, FREDRIC ROLANDO--WHO SAYS CONGRESS SHOULDN'T DO THAT...

(ROLANDO):
"IT'S OBVIOUS FROM THE POSTAL SERVICE'S LATEST QUARTERLY-REPORT THAT ITS FINANCES ARE REBOUNDING STRONGLY.  INDEED, IF IT WEREN'T FOR THE CONGRESSIONALLY MANDATED PRE-FUNDING OF FUTURE-RETIREE HEALTH-BENEFITS, IT WOULD HAVE REPORTED A PROFIT OF 660-MILLION DOLLARS.  ALL OF THE POSTAL SERVICE'S RED INK FOR THE YEAR SO FAR STEMS FROM THAT EXTERNAL, POLITICAL REQUIREMENT--THAT THE AGENCY PAY A BILL THAT NO OTHER ENTITY IN THE UNITED STATES IS REQUIRED TO PAY.  RATHER THAN ADDRESSING THIS, SOME IN CONGRESS INSTEAD WANT TO DEGRADE SERVICE AND DISMANTLE A NETWORK THAT'S PERFORMING WELL--AND THAT PROVIDES RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES ALIKE WITH THE WORLD'S MOST-AFFORDABLE DELIVERY-NETWORK.  THEY WANT TO ELIMINATE, FOR EXAMPLE, DOOR-TO-DOOR DELIVERY AND SATURDAY MAIL-DELIVERY.  CONGRESS HAS THE POWER TO LIFT THE PRE-FUNDING MANDATE; WHEN CONGRESS RETURNS FROM ITS AUGUST-RECESS, IT SHOULD TACKLE THE PRE-FUNDING PROBLEM THAT IT CREATED.
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