Gregory F. Murphy, M.D.
COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE, SPACE,
COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION
September 1, 2020
Thank you for contacting me regarding the new Postmaster General and his proposed operational and financial changes to the United States Postal Service (USPS). I appreciate you taking the time to inform me of your thoughts on this issue.
Let me address the many misconceptions that have been portrayed in the media and by my colleagues in Congress. First, President Trump did not appoint the Postmaster General and he does not control the USPS. The Postmaster General is appointed by the Postal Service Board of Governors and the USPS is an independent agency, not controlled by the President. Second, the hysteria that the USPS will be bankrupt before the election is nonsense. At present the USPS has over $14 Billion of reserves. The USPS’ own projections indicate the agency will be solvent until at least August 2021. Furthermore, the CARES Act, which passed on a bi-partisan basis, allocated $10 billion in borrowing authority. They have not touched one penny of this money.
Lastly, the misconception that the USPS cannot handle the volume of election mail without additional funds from Congress is not accurate. The USPS delivers 471 million pieces of mail a day. If every registered voter in America wished to absentee vote, the postal service would be more than capable to handle the volume of mail. We see massive surges every year in mail volume from Thanksgiving to Christmas and the USPS handles those without any problem. A relatively minor surge with mail in ballots will not be any problem.
This said, we must not overlook the unsustainable financial path the USPS is on. That is the main issue. The postal service has accumulated more than $70 billion in cumulative net loss, reported more than $1 billion in overtime costs in FY18 despite declines in mail volume and in the 21st Century, is not positioned for success. Serious reforms are needed – reforms that the Democrat’s Delivering for America Act failed to address and reforms that Postmaster DeJoy intends to act upon. He has a history of turning failing businesses around and that is the intent here. Changes must be made to enhance the operational efficiency and long-term financial stability of the USPS.
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Gregory F. Murphy, M.D.
Member of Congress
North Carolina’s Third District