By Bernie Becker - 07/16/13 02:00 AM EDT
The study from the greeting card industry comes as postal officials continue to press Congress for action, even as the issue struggles to become a central issue on Capitol Hill.
In the Senate, Homeland Security Chairman Tom CarperTom CarperYahoo hack spurs push for legislation Election-year politics: Senate Dems shun GOP vulnerables Overnight Healthcare: McConnell unveils new Zika package | Manchin defends daughter on EpiPens | Bill includes M for opioid crisis MORE (D-Del.) is also hopeful of reaching a bipartisan agreement.
But the greeting card industry’s new paper also underscores some of the challenges of postal reform. Both Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and Issa backed a plan that kept only Saturday delivery of packages, which USPS only backed down from under pressure from Congress.
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle and postal officials have expressed an interest in at least restructuring the retiree prepayment. Some Democrats and unions have also expressed skepticism about clusterboxes, and are pushing for to give USPS access to more revenue streams.
The greeting card industry’s paper also includes dozens of other potential provisions that they say could also aid USPS’s bottom line.
But White also conceded that there were still more than a few hurdles for postal reform, even as he stressed that he thought that USPS’s financial projections were a bit too gloomy. (Donahoe has said the agency will face a $20 billion funding gap by 2017.)
“We try to remain as optimistic as we can that the issue will be addressed,” White said. But, he added, members of Congress “don’t really focus on an issue until it becomes hot.”
“That’s why we’re releasing the report,” he said.