Hoyer Statement on House Republican Failure to Address U.S. Postal Service Default

For Immediate Release:

August 1, 2012

Contact:

Mariel Saez, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on House Republicans’ refusal to address bipartisan postal reform legislation, which has led to the first default of the United States Postal Service:

“Today, for the first time in history, the United States Postal Service is set to default on its obligations because House Republicans refuse to take action on bipartisan postal reform legislation. The Senate passed a bill, by a bipartisan vote of 62-37 in April, that could have prevented default and preserved the Postal Service. Unfortunately, as we head into the August district work period, House Republicans refuse to address this matter at all and are once again walking away from the American people on a critical issue.

“Democrats are committed to strengthening the Postal Service, which millions of families and businesses depend on, and we should not adjourn for the summer without a bipartisan resolution. I urge the House Republican leadership to abandon their confrontation over compromise approach to governing, and take action on this and other critical challenges facing our nation.”

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