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Powerful House Republicans Endorse Major Funding Increase for USPS Regulator

Presort.com   May 24, 2016    

It is not often that two conservative lawmakers, one a member of the Freedom Caucus, publicly advocate for a proposal put forward by President Obama, especially when that proposal is asking for more government spending.

Such is the case, however, with the White House’s request to boost the funding for the U.S. Postal Service’s overseers. The Postal Regulatory Commission does not receive taxpayer-funded dollars, perhaps alleviating any concerns of two powerful Republican lawmakers who are pushing to ensure Congress mandates the agency receives enough money to pay for a slew of upcoming tasks.

Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of that panel’s Government Operations Subcommittee, wrote a letter to the head of the subcommittee that drafts the spending bill including postal appropriations to ask for full funding of Obama’s $17.7 million request for the PRC.

The regulatory body funding has remained flat since 2008, which Chaffetz and Meadows said is no longer sustainable. Congress appropriates money to the PRC through the off-budget Postal Service Fund, paid for entirely though postal revenue on products and services. Fully funding PRC would mark a 16 percent increase over the fiscal 2016 spending cap.

[More at GovExec.com …]