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H.R. 2382 (116th): 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 …

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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)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on February 5, 2020 but was never passed by the Senate.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


301 Cosponsors (232 Democrats, 69 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Rep. Rodney Davis Votes in Support of the Delivering for America Act
    — Rep. Rodney Davis [R-IL13, 2013-2022] (Co-sponsor) on Aug 22, 2020

McKinley Votes to Strengthen Postal Service, Stop Cuts
    — Rep. David McKinley [R-WV1, 2011-2022] (Co-sponsor) on Aug 22, 2020

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - February 07, 2020
    — Rep. Gregorio Sablan [D-MP] 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)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

H.R. 2382 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

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.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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