The debate over the fate of the Postal System continues. The Senate passed legislation which would fund the agency so that it will not have to make substantial personnel, office location, or service cuts. Republicans in the House intend to block a similar bill.
The Postal Service Board of Governors also rejected the Senate plan. If the House can prevail, the odds are that a slew of costs will be cut. This will eventually involve closing hundreds of offices, laying off tens of thousands of workers, eliminating Saturday delivery, and possibly challenging the size of the pensions of current and future postal employees.
The Postmaster General has fought for the cuts. Despite the Senate’s action, other political and bureaucratic forces make it probable he will get his way. In the process, a large number of people will be put out of work, which means the federal government will not escape all of the costs of postal service cuts