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H.R. 2382: USPS Fairness Act

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Only one federal agency is required to pre-fund their employees’ future retirement healthcare benefits, which costs taxpayers billions more upfront than at any other agency.


At its current rate of financial loss, the U.S. Postal Service is slated to run out of money in 2024. The Trump Administration’s budget proposal warned that — absent any changes — the USPS might soon need a taxpayer funded bailout.

Why? There are several hundred federal agencies, but only one is mandated to pre-fund its employees future healthcare benefits: the Postal Service.

This wasn’t always the case. The mandate only began starting with the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006. It passed both the Senate and House by voice votes, procedures used for noncontroversial votes in which no record of individual ...

Sponsor and status

Peter DeFazio

Sponsor. Representative for Oregon's 4th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 10, 2020
Length: 2 pages
Apr 29, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Passed House (Senate next) on Feb 5, 2020

This bill passed in the House on February 5, 2020 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

DeFazio-Authored Bill to Help US Postal Service Maintain Sustainability Passes House of Representatives
    — Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4] (Sponsor) on Feb 5, 2020

Rep. Rodney Davis Votes in Support of the Delivering for America Act
    — Rep. Rodney Davis [R-IL13] (Co-sponsor) on Aug 22, 2020

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - February 07, 2020
    — Rep. Gregorio Sablan [D-MP0] on Feb 10, 2020

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates new spending due to H.R. 2382 will be negligible.


Apr 29, 2019

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Feb 5, 2020
Passed House (Senate next)

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H.R. 2382 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 2382. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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