NNA welcomes support in preserving universal mail service

Legislation to provide the U.S. Postal Service with the ability to continue to restructure without diminishing mail service is critical in the 114th Congress, as a slow economy and electronic diversion change the mail. That is why the National Newspaper Association welcomed the support of Sens. Jerry Moran, R-KS; Roy Blunt, R-MO and Claire McCaskill, D-MO, as they signed onto S. 2051, the iPOST Act introduced this year by Sen. Tom Carper, D-DE. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"1839","attributes":{"class":"media-image size-full wp-image-478 alignleft","typeof":"foaf:Image","style":"","width":"128","height":"128","alt":"nna-logo"}}]]The bill gives USPS financial relief without a taxpayer bailout by enabling postal retirees to tap into the already-funded Medicare benefits; offers mailers rate relief by freezing postage rates until 2018; requires USPS to measure on-time delivery of rural mail and protects rural communities from more closings of mail processing plants for two years while experts determine how to right-size USPS for the mail stream of the future. Source: National Newspaper Association