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Sunday, July 22, 2012

DRC Resolution Supports Rural Postal Service and the USPS

Please note the following resolution from the DRC on behalf of Postal Service to Rural Post Office and the US Postal Service:
 
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Resolution Contents
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WHEREAS the United States Postal Service (USPS) is a vital national resource that provides
essential services to 151 million households and businesses and supports more than 7 million
private sector jobs; and

WHEREAS the services offered by the USPS have long been particularly critical to the social and
economic life of rural communities; and

WHEREAS advanced telecommunications technologies that have been cited as viable
alternatives to postal services are often unavailable or unaffordable in those aforementioned rural
communities; and

WHEREAS the requirement placed upon the USPS by Congress to pre-fund retiree health
obligations for the next 75 years is an unreasonable fiduciary burden that has not been required of
any other organization, public or private, in the country; and

WHEREAS the aforementioned fiduciary requirement is responsible for 85% of the USPS’
financial losses since it was enacted in 2006; and

WHEREAS the United States Congress is currently considering the Postal Service Reform Act of
2012 (H.R. 2309), which would end weekend mail delivery; terminate at-home mail delivery and
close thousands of local post offices, which would drastically slow mail delivery and impede
access for thousands of people with mobility issues and would be especially felt in rural America
where distances are so great; and would eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs at a time when
the U.S. economy continues to struggle.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Democratic Rural Conference of New York
State strongly opposes passage of the Postal Service Reform Act of 2012 (H.R. 2309); and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Democratic Rural Conference of New York State requests
and recommends that the United States Congress eliminate the unfair and unreasonable
requirement that the USPS pre-fund retiree health obligations for the next 75 years and work to
incorporate USPS retiree health benefits into the reforms enacted in the Patient Protection and
Affordability Act signed into law in 2010; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary of the Democratic Rural Conference of New
York State is hereby directed to forward copies of this resolution to the entire New York State
Congressional Delegation and to U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.

Sincerely,
Philip A. Jones, Secretary
New York State Democratic Rural Conference

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