Cohen said his bill would make it easier for people to avoid late fees when they choose to mail their bills, by treating these bills as "paid" as soon as they are received by a post office.
The Postmark Payment Act, H.R. 4003, would exempt from this rule change any payment that is required by law or contract to be made electronically. Reps. Charles Gonzalez (D-Texas), Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) and Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) co-sponsored the bill, along with Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).