Postal Vote Coming
Today, around 11:00 AM EDT, the Senate is expected to hold a procedural vote on postal reform. Last night, Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) filed a 163-page substitute amendment that replaced the underlying “bailout” bill. Prior to this amendment, the bill included a $41 billion bailout and ignored the suggestions of the United State Postal Service on how to cut costs.
According to press reports (sub. req’d), self-identified socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) called the amendment “a step forward.” The official score on the new bill is still out (yet they’re going to move ahead on it anyway), and based on previous bills offer, we see no reason to believe that this one will be any better or contain no bailouts. Heritage Action will continue to review the new legislative language.