Postal regulator backs change in Senate reform bill

The head of the Postal Service’s regulator is pushing back on a Senate proposal that would reduce her commission’s oversight power over the price of stamps and other postal products.

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Ruth Goldway, the chairwoman of the Postal Regulatory Commission, said the proposal from Sens. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperSenate Finance Dems want more transparency on trade from Trump Overnight Energy: California regulators vote to close nuclear plant | Watchdog expands Pruitt travel probe | Washington state seeks exemption from offshore drilling plan Overnight Regulation: Fight erupts over gun export rules | WH meets advocates on prison reform | Officials move to allow Medicaid work requirements | New IRS guidance on taxes MORE (D-Del.) and Tom CoburnThomas (Tom) Allen CoburnRepublicans in Congress shouldn't try to bring back earmarks Republicans should know reviving earmarks is a political nightmare Former GOP senator: Trump has a personality disorder MORE (R-Okla.) would give USPS’s board too much power over its own rates.

The Senate Homeland Security Committee is scheduled to resume marking up the bill from Carper, the panel’s chairman, and Coburn, its top Republican, on Thursday. The two senators propose making permanent a current temporary rate hike, and giving the Postal Service greater latitude in revising its rate system come 2017 – a move that would diminish the power of the PRC.

In a letter to Sen. Carl LevinCarl LevinCongress: The sleeping watchdog Congress must not give companies tax reasons to move jobs overseas A lesson on abuse of power by Obama and his Senate allies MORE (D-Mich.), Goldway endorsed a proposal from Sens. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinSenate campaign fundraising reports roll in Listen: EMILY’s List upbeat about Dem House in '19 Bolton to spend M boosting Wisconsin Senate candidate MORE (D-Wis.) and Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillNSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Senate campaign fundraising reports roll in Dems search for winning playbook MORE (D-Mo.) that would amend the current bill’s treatment on pricing.

That amendment, Goldway writes, preserves the PRC’s oversight powers “and will continue to ensure that prices for postal products are predictable, stable and fair, while continuing to incent the Postal Service to reduce costs and gain efficiencies.”

Carper has responded to criticism of the pricing proposal by saying the mailing industry has to make their own sacrifices in getting the Postal Service on firmer financial footing.