The House’s Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 (HR 756) had mostly stalled following Committee passage in March. However, yesterday provided at least a glimmer of hope for the bill when the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a positive score for it.
The CBO reported that HR 756 would reduce direct spending by some $6 billion over the next 10 years if enacted. Spending changes during the next decade come through net off-budget savings of $6.2 billion and net on-budget costs totalling $200 million.
What This Means For Postal Reform
Most momentum that started building following a February 7th hearing of the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform had dwindled after Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) announced in April that he wouldn’t seek re-election and later said he’d leave the House altogether at the end of this month.
However, the CBO’s positive assessment should jumpstart momentum for this bill’s passage as Congress is always looking for spending offsets for other legislation. Many bills have a negative score and must be offset to not expand the Federal budget deficit.
The ACMA in our work with the Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service remains closely involved with the bill’s progress, and we’ll continue to brief you as things progress.
President & Executive Director
American Catalog Mailers Association