Please send your comments opposing draft legislation to the House Oversight Committee that is threatening to add millions to nonprofits’ costs by permanently raising postage 2.15 percent. The Committee released a discussion draft of a bipartisan postal reform bill and is inviting comments. Following the comment period, the Committee intends to introduce a bill by July 15.
The full draft bill is available here.
- As a member of the nonprofit community that relies on mail to fund its critical missions, we must oppose the draft bill that includes a legislated postage rate increase.
- An above-inflation rate increase would impose millions of dollars in cost on nonprofits, and devastate the many causes that we champion.
- We want to stay in the mail but rate increases above inflation will drive us away.
- Mail is critical to the fundraising cash flow of nonprofits and any increase in postage above inflation threatens our ability to deliver on our critical missions.
- A Congressional rate increase is not a needed reform at a time when USPS is making operating profits and has accumulated over $9 billion in cash, while mail volume has stabilized at over 150 billion and packages are growing at over 15% annually.
- The CPI price cap has been the most important component of the 2006 postal law, empowering the USPS to reduce annual costs by $15 billion. And more cost reductions need to be done.
- An above-inflation rate increase will drive our mail volume out of the system at a time when nonprofits have just begun recovering from the recession.
- Nonprofit mail is important to the Postal Service-it provides 10 percent of all mail volume and rich content that people like to receive.