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The National Association of Letter Carriers Urges Both Houses of Congress to Start Over on Postal Reform

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ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS' PRESIDENT, FREDRIC ROLANDO, WHEN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS RETURN TO WASHINGTON, THEY NEED TO UNDO THE FINANCIAL DAMAGE THAT THEY'VE DONE TO THE U-S POSTAL SERVICE...

(ROLANDO):
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IT WAS CONGRESS THAT CREATED THIS ARTIFICIAL CRISIS, BY IMPOSING A BURDEN ON THE POSTAL SERVICE THAT NO OTHER PUBLIC-AGENCY OR PRIVATE-COMPANY IN AMERICA FACES--THE OBLIGATION TO PRE-FUND FUTURE RETIREE-HEALTH BENEFITS.  AND, CONGRESS MADE THIS UNAFFORDABLE, BY REQUIRING THE POSTAL SERVICE--WHICH DOESN'T RECEIVE A DIME OF TAXPAYER-MONEY--TO PRE-FUND 75 YEARS INTO THE FUTURE.  THIS ARTIFICIAL POLITICAL-CRISIS HAS FOCUSED MANAGEMENT'S ENTIRE ENERGY ON A DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO PAY BILLS THAT NO-ONE ELSE HAS TO PAY.  IT IS THIS UNIQUE BURDEN THAT THE POSTAL SERVICE HAS RECENTLY 'DEFAULTED ON'.  BUT, IN FACT, CONGRESS CONTINUES TO DEFAULT ON ITS RESPONSIBILITIES, BY REFUSING TO STEP UP AND DIRECTLY ADDRESS THE MESS THAT IT, AND IT ALONE, CREATED--AND THAT IT, AND IT ALONE, CAN FIX.  UNFORTUNATELY, THE BILLS IN BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS DON'T DEAL WITH THE REAL PROBLEM--AND WOULD ONLY MAKE THE SITUATION WORSE.  BOTH HOUSES NEED TO START OVER--AND GET RID OF THIS UNFAIR OBLIGATION, ONCE AND FOR ALL."

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