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DMA criticizes proposed postal commission

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New York--The Direct Marketing Association voiced its opposition to a congressional proposal to create a commission to study the mission and operations of the U.S. Postal Service.

"The commission proposal is only a beltway delay tactic," said H. Robert Wientzen, DMA president-CEO. "We needed to focus on the complex crisis faced by the Postal Service a year ago. Even if Congress accepted and implemented this proposal, a commission, without interim legislative relief for both mailers and the Postal Service, would result in further deterioration of an already critical situation.

"The United States Postal Service has deteriorated dramatically just in the first quarter. We cannot afford to wait two or more years for a recommendation, let alone any decisive action to be taken. Congress and the Administration need to act today on postal reform legislation. If we wait, we could be talking about a 50-cent stamp."

The Postal Service, which is operating under a set of laws passed in 1970, has suffered major fiscal setbacks because of competition from advancements in communications technology, such as e-mail, as well as competition from the private sector and continuing mail security concerns.

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