Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding finally delivering bipartisan postal reform legislation. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:
A lot is going on in the Senate this week: I am pleased to report that as soon as today, the Senate is set to deliver for the Post Office. The Post Office usually delivers for us, but today we're going to deliver for them.
Every single day, tens of millions of Americans rely on the Post Office for life’s daily essentials. Seniors and veterans rely on it for their medication. Small business owners rely on it to keep their operations going. Small towns and rural Americans use it to stay connected. And every time we receive a wedding invitation, birthday message, or post card from a relative, it’s almost always the Post Office at work making us happy as we receive those nice letters and birthday cards from brothers and sisters and relatives and friends from far-flung places.
But we all know the frustrations of waiting on packages that fail to arrive on time. We all know that when the Post Office is forced to cut hours of operation or delivery routes or lay off workers, the rest of us are worse off.
Thankfully, for the past few months Democrats and Republicans have been working together in good faith to reform some of the most troubled parts of the Postal Service. Now we are only one roll call vote away from sending this bill to the President’s desk. And that vote is likely to come today.
After the Senate votes on this bill, we will happily be able to say that finally Postal Reform is signed, sealed and delivered for the American people. I look forward to getting this done and thank all my colleagues—especially Senators Peters and Portman—for their bipartisan work.