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Congress is USPS problem

Posted: February 18, 2013 - 6:57pm

Congress created USPS problem

My understanding is that the biggest contributor to the postal service’s red

ink is pre-funding for its retirees’ health care, which Congress forces it to


Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution states, in part, “The Congress

shall have Power...To establish Post Offices and post Roads”.

So, in exercising that power and establishing post offices, wouldn’t Congress

have the obligation to fund their operations, despite the Constitution not

explicitly stating that it is to support or maintain them, as it does for the

army and navy?

Bear in mind that until 1970, the postal service was a regular,

tax-supported, agency of the federal government. Congress has the power to

return it to that format and rescind the mandate, or it can sit idly by and

watch the postal service go down the tubes.

Which is the better option for our country?

Brian Marsh