Senate Dem looks into postal regulator's travel

For her part, Goldway defended herself in a recent interview with the Post, saying that travel constituted roughly 1 percent of the commission’s $14.3 million budget.

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In recent months, Goldway has traveled to Portugal, China, Switzerland and Scotland, but chalked up the increase in international visits to a “confluence of events.”

“I find I learn a tremendous amount when I meet with my colleagues who are involved in postal issues internationally,” Goldway told the newspaper. “It’s an opportunity to hear about their innovations, about the problems, about the dynamics of the international economy.”

Lawmakers in both chambers are currently working to hash out a plan to overhaul postal operations. The postmaster general says that USPS needs to cut $20 billion out of annual expenses by 2015.