The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, Feb. 5, passed H.R. 2382, the USPS Fairness Act, by a vote of 309-106.
The bill would undo the mandate that the U.S. Postal Service must pre-fund retiree health care costs. The bill now heads to the U.S. Senate where a companion version of the measure was introduced on Dec. 3, 2019.
Tucson City Council Member Richard Fimbres, who led the fight to keep the Cherrybell Post Office and Processing Center in Tucson open, said pre-funding the retiree health costs places an unfair burden on the U.S. Postal Service that no federal agency or private company must meet. "This policy must be reversed so that the Cherrybell Post Office and Processing Center can be fully restored," Fimbres said.