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PIA Presses Congress for Action on Postal Reform

Delaying postal reform legislation would have disastrous consequences, the Printing Industries of America said in response to media reports that the US House is unlikely to vote on US Postal Service legislation this summer.

H.R. 2309, the Postal Reform Act, sponsored by House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, was approved by the committee last fall but has stalled in its journey to a full House vote. Postal reform was initially included on a July "To Do" memo issued by House GOP Leadership, and a vote prior to the August recess had been expected until last week.

The Senate passed its version of postal reform in April and is awaiting the House-passed version in order to begin a bicameral conference to resolve differences between the two bills.

Further delay on the House vote imperils the prospect that enough time will remain on a dwindling legislative calendar to achieve final passage of postal reform by the end of 2012. For more information, visit www.printing.org.