Cataloguers push back against postal legislation

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Washington—The American Catalog Mailers Association is criticizing a postal reform bill that, if passed, would legislate rate increases, bypassing the typical process of rate approval via the Postal Regulatory Commission. Among its many provisions, HR 2309—sponsored by Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Dennis Ross (R-Fla.)—would establish a Postal Service Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority that would “approve changes in rates and classifications, new products and services, and other matters before PRC.” “[The bill] would represent a break in more than 40 years of public policy, during which time Congress has never set postal rates,” said Hamilton Davison, ACMA's president-executive director. The ACMA is urging its members to lobby Republican congressmen before the bill is taken up for debate in the House next month. Democrats, in the minority, already oppose the bill, and “Conservatives, tea party and rural Republicans are most helpful right now” as swing votes who may act to modify it, Davison told BtoB.
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