Affordable Mail Alliance Applauds Senator Collins’ Ongoing Battle Against Postal Service Rate Hikes
(PRESS RELEASE) Washington, DC – The Affordable Mail Alliance – a growing coalition of nearly 1,000 non-profits, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, major trade associations, consumer groups and citizens representing most of the mail sent in the United States – on Aug. 9 welcomed Senator Susan Collins’ (R-ME) submission of formal comments to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). The comments urge the PRC to dismiss the United States Postal Service’s plan to increase rates by ten times the rate of inflation.
Senator Collins is the ranking Republican on the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and a key author of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA). Her official comments reject the Postal Service’s claim that its circumstances are “extraordinary or exceptional” enough to allow raising prices faster than inflation under the 2006 law.
“As the Author of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006, which grants the Postal Service the limited authority to file an exigent rate case, I want to make the congressional intent regarding the provision completely unambiguous as the language nor the legislative history of the PAEA authorizes the United States Postal Service to file an exigent rate case under the current circumstances,” Collins wrote in her official comments to the PRC.
The Senator continues: “The Postal Service’s current financial condition is largely the result of its own failure to sufficiently update its business model to adapt to predictable and natural cyclical changes in the economy and mail usage. The Postal Service’s financial condition is not the result of ‘extraordinary or exceptional circumstances’ required by law to initiate an exigent rate case.”
Collins has led the Capitol Hill opposition against the proposed rate increases since the Postal Service announced them on July 6, and has already expressed her support for the Affordable Mail Alliance’s motion to dismiss the plan, which was filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission on July 19.