H.R. 630: Postal Service Protection Act of 2013

Feb 13, 2013
Referred to Committee on Feb 13, 2013
2% chance of being enacted
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This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on February 13, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Feb 13, 2013
Reported by Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by the President
Peter DeFazio
Representative for Oregon's 4th congressional district
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Last Updated
Feb 13, 2013
37 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 3591 (112th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Dec 07, 2011

S. 316 (Related)
Postal Service Protection Act of 2013

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Feb 13, 2013

Full Title

To recalculate and restore retirement annuity obligations of the United States Postal Service, eliminate the requirement that the United States Postal Service pre-fund the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund, place restrictions on the closure of postal facilities, create incentives for innovation for the United States Postal Service, to maintain levels of postal service, and for other purposes.


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8% chance of getting past committee.
2% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

185 cosponsors (176D, 9R) (show)

House Oversight and Government Reform

House Judiciary

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Library of Congress Summary

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Postal Service Protection Act of 2013 - Sets forth rules for the recalculation of annuities for employees of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and for the redetermination of surplus or supplemental liabilities under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). Prescribes the "average pay" to be used in calculating annuities and surplus amounts.
Authorizes the transfer of surplus postal retirement contributions in FY2010 to the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund, the Postal Service Fund, and the Employees' Compensation Fund under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA) and to USPS for payment of its debt obligations.
Eliminates the requirement for pre-funding of the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund.
Sets forth criteria for the closing or consolidation of postal facilities.
Allows USPS to provide any nonpostal service or product in a manner consistent with the public interest.
Provides for the mailing of wine and beer sent by a licensed winery or brewery in accordance with the laws of the state, territory, or district where the addressee or agent takes delivery.
Establishes in USPS the position of the Chief Innovation Officer who shall have proven expertise and success in the postal and shipping industry and in innovation, marketing, technology, and management. Establishes a Postal Innovation Advisory Commission. Requires the Postmaster General to report to specified congressional committees and the Postal Regulatory Commmission on a comprehensive strategy for maximizing USPS revenue through innovative postal and nonpostal products and services.
Prohibits USPS from reducing the frequency of mail delivery to fewer than six days each week or from increasing the expected delivery time for market-dominant products.
Repeals the annual limitation on the percentage changes on postal rates for market-dominant products.

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