DMA lauds House release of postal reform draft

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Chicago—The Direct Marketing Association Tuesday said it supports U.S. House members who released a discussion draft of a postal reform bill. The DMA said that action ensures the legislation will continue to build momentum in the current congressional session.

“Postal reform legislation is critical to ensuring the viability of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) into the 21st century, and is of vital importance to the members of the DMA, the DMA Nonprofit Federation (DMANF), and indeed, all corporate and non-profit mailers,” the DMA said in a statement.

The association is reviewing the specifics of the 126-page bill and expects to have a more detailed analysis in the coming days.

In the meantime, the DMA said it would continue to work with Congress, the mailing community and Postal Service management and employee groups to get postal reform legislation enacted this year.

“The Postal Service, its stakeholders, and, indeed, our nation, cannot afford to let the postal ‘death spiral’ continue,” said H. Robert Wientzen, DMA president-CEO. “We need legislative reforms as soon as possible in order to prevent imminent double-digit rate increases that will ripple throughout our economy.”

—Carol Krol

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