Disagreements between both houses of Congress continue to stymie efforts to reform the hurting U.S. Postal Service.
The agency recently posted a $15.9 billion loss for the fourth quarter of 2012.
Senator Tom Carper (D-Delaware), a co-author of the 21st Century Postal Act, hopes Congress won’t push this aside during the current lame-duck session.
Carper says the two sides differ on whether to phase out the six day a week delivery system or to cut it immediately, dropping Saturday service. He notes that ideas on ways to fund future retiree’s health care also remain a point of contention, but he’s convinced there’s a middle ground.
“Somewhere between the Senate bill and the House bill there’s a compromise. If we can’t find that compromise working with the postal service and the postal service’s customers, we’re in the wrong business. I think we can find the compromise,” said Carper.
Carper adds it’s an issue that runs deeper than just monetary losses.
“Aside from just how much money the postal service loses every day, for me, an even greater concern is what the lack of certainty, the lack of predictability, with respect to the postal service, does for their ability to develop future business and to grow future revenues,” said Carper.
Carper says his goal is to have a bill for President Obama to sign by Christmas Eve.