Sinema-Backed Bipartisan Bill Improves Postal Service Sustainability and Transparency

May 20, 2021

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema cosponsored the bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act—legislation aiming to improve transparency and financial stability of the United States Postal Service to ensure continued long-term operations.
“The Postal Service connects loved ones, supports local businesses, and delivers critical resources to Arizonans. Improving the efficiency, transparency, and financial stability of the Postal Service helps ensure its continued operations so Arizonans can keep accessing services we rely on,” said Sinema.
The Sinema-backed Postal Service Reform Act aims to improve the Postal Service’s financial stability, transparency, and efficiency. Estimated to save the Postal Service $45 billion over 10 years, the bill would remove an ill-conceived requirement to prefund retiree health care costs and more efficiently integrates retiree health care with Medicare. Additionally, the bill requires USPS to provide publicly available information on service performance to make it easier to identify and diagnose service challenges.
Sinema is a longtime advocate for the U.S. Postal Service in Arizona. Sinema cosponsored a Senate resolution calling for increased funding and support for the United States Postal Service to protect service in Arizona communities. Sinema also successfully urged Congressional leaders to include $10 billion in loan authority for USPS in the CARES Act. In addition to her work advocating for the U.S. Postal Service during the ongoing public health crisis, Sinema has long championed Arizona communities’ local postal service. In July, the Munds Park Post Office contractor discontinued their work. Sinema and her team of social workers diligently worked with the U.S. Postal Service regarding the importance of a quick re-opening, and, a few weeks later, Sinema announced that the U.S. Postal Service secured a new contractor with mail delivery and regular retail services resuming at the post office. Sinema led an Arizona Congressional delegation letter last year to support and protect postal standards in Arizona.