In a historic moment, the Senate passed the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 on March 8 with a vote of 79-19. The House passed the bill last month with a vote of 342-92. The legislation will now go to President Biden’s desk, where he is expected to sign it into law. The enactment of postal reform marks a turning point in the fight to protect and strengthen the postal service.
Specifically, the Postal Service Reform Act will lift budget requirements that have contributed to the U.S. Postal Service’s debt issues, and would set in law that the mail will be delivered six days per week aside from federal holidays and natural disasters. It also would end the requirement that USPS finances workers’ health care benefits ahead of time for the next 75 years, instead requiring future retirees to enroll in Medicare and pay current retirees’ health care costs not covered by Medicare.