Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., said the USPS "is the only government entity...mandated to prefund its retirees' health benefits. 100 percent of the Postal Service's financial losses over the past 6 years...are directly due [to] and linked to this requirement. This is an outdated policy which has forced the Postal Service into a horrible financial position [and] prevented it from investing in resources that would benefit all of our communities...."
Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., said: "There is already a long history of public retirement accounts that have either dramatically cut retiree benefits or had to rely on a taxpayer bailout as a result of not fully prefunding their plans....This bill moves taxpayers one step closer to a bailout of the USPS, and we should oppose this change on the taxpayers' behalf."
A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate, where it has been shelved.