• Did Freedom Win? No
  • Voted for Freedom 19
  • Voted Against Freedom 79
  • Proxy Votes 0
At its core, the Postal Service Reform Act is a $58 billion taxpayer bailout for the fiscally-insolvent United States Postal Service (USPS).

The Postal Service Reform Act would repeal a requirement in 5 U.S. Code 8909a(d) that the USPS make annual payments to the Retiree Health Benefits Fund, from which benefits are paid to retired workers. The Postal Service Reform Act essentially sets up taxpayers to bail out this fund.

In December 2006, Congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, which included a provision that required the U.S. Postal Service to make annual payments to the Retiree Health Benefits Fund. Congress set a specific dollar amount to be paid on September 30 of each year between 2007 and 2016. After that time, annual payments would be based on a formula. The reason Congress took such a step was because of the Retiree Health Benefits Fund’s massive shortfall. As former Rep. John McHugh (R-N.Y.) noted during the discussion of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, the Retiree Health Benefits Fund faced a “roughly $60 billion” in unfunded obligations at the time.

This change was made explicitly because the previous pay-as-you-go system was failing. Repealing this change would simply return USPS to that old system, with no efforts made to actually increase the solvency of the Retiree Health Benefits Fund.

The U.S. Postal Service made these annual payments required by the 2006 law through 2010 but has since simply defied the law. Naturally, the Retiree Health Benefits Fund has grown more unsustainable since then. In August 2018, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report noting that “[t]he financial outlook of the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund (RHB Fund) is poor.” Recently, the Retiree Health Benefits Fund faced an unfunded liability of $70 billion. According to the GAO, the Office of Personnel Management projected that the fund would be depleted in FY 2030 if the U.S. Postal Service did not make statutorily required contributions.

Make no mistake about it. The Postal Service Reform Act sets the stage for a taxpayer-funded bailout of the Retiree Health Benefits Fund. There are serious and fiscal proposals to address the issues that face the U.S. Postal Service. The bill being voted on this week is not one of them

Erasing the USPS’s debts will not stop the red ink from bleeding on its books. Fiscally damaging practices, like underpricing USPS packages by $1.46, are sure to continue in perpetuity unless something is done. The fiscal relief that the Postal Service seeks would do nothing more than force everyone else to pay for the collateral damage.

As if it weren’t enough, the Postal Service Reform Act also mandates the creation of an integrated network for the delivery of market-dominant and competitive products. Essentially, it gives the USPS the authority to bundle expenses and earnings of its package business alongside its letter mail service. An integrated network would make it impossible to track where the USPS earns its money and where it does not.

This bill absolves the USPS from doing its job to manage costs and revenues responsibly and enables shady accounting mechanisms that do nothing to fix their troubled financial and accounting shortfalls.

Legislator's Votes

Voted for Freedom

Marsha Blackburn

Senator TN

Marsha Blackburn

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
  • Proxy Vote? No
Mike Braun

Senator IN

Mike Braun

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
  • Proxy Vote? No
John Cornyn

Senator TX

John Cornyn

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
  • Proxy Vote? No
Mike Crapo

Senator ID

Mike Crapo

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
  • Proxy Vote? No
Ted Cruz

Senator TX

Ted Cruz

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
  • Proxy Vote? No
Cindy Hyde-Smith

Senator MS

Cindy Hyde-Smith

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
  • Proxy Vote? No
Ron Johnson

Senator WI

Ron Johnson

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
  • Proxy Vote? No
James Lankford

Senator OK

James Lankford

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
  • Proxy Vote? No
Mike Lee

Senator UT

Mike Lee

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
  • Proxy Vote? No
Rand Paul

Senator KY

Rand Paul

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
  • Proxy Vote? No
Jim Risch

Senator ID

Jim Risch

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
  • Proxy Vote? No
Mitt Romney

Senator UT

Mitt Romney

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
  • Proxy Vote? No
Marco Rubio

Senator FL

Marco Rubio

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
  • Proxy Vote? No
Ben Sasse

Senator NE

Ben Sasse

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
  • Proxy Vote? No
Tim Scott

Senator SC

Tim Scott

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
  • Proxy Vote? No
Rick Scott

Senator FL

Rick Scott

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
  • Proxy Vote? No
Richard Shelby

Senator AL

Richard Shelby

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
  • Proxy Vote? No
Pat Toomey

Senator PA

Pat Toomey

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
  • Proxy Vote? No
Tommy Tuberville

Senator AL

Tommy Tuberville

  • Voted for Freedom? Yes
  • Proxy Vote? No

Voted Against Freedom

Tammy Baldwin

Senator WI

Tammy Baldwin

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
John Barrasso

Senator WY

John Barrasso

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Michael Bennet

Senator CO

Michael Bennet

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Dick Blumenthal

Senator CT

Dick Blumenthal

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Roy Blunt

Senator MO

Roy Blunt

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Cory Booker

Senator NJ

Cory Booker

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
John Boozman

Senator AR

John Boozman

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Sherrod Brown

Senator OH

Sherrod Brown

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Richard Burr

Senator NC

Richard Burr

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Maria Cantwell

Senator WA

Maria Cantwell

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Shelley Capito

Senator WV

Shelley Capito

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Ben Cardin

Senator MD

Ben Cardin

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Tom Carper

Senator DE

Tom Carper

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Bob Casey

Senator PA

Bob Casey

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Bill Cassidy

Senator LA

Bill Cassidy

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Susan Collins

Senator ME

Susan Collins

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Chris Coons

Senator DE

Chris Coons

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Tom Cotton

Senator AR

Tom Cotton

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Kevin Cramer

Senator ND

Kevin Cramer

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Steve Daines

Senator MT

Steve Daines

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Tammy Duckworth

Senator IL

Tammy Duckworth

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Dick Durbin

Senator IL

Dick Durbin

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Joni Ernst

Senator IA

Joni Ernst

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Dianne Feinstein

Senator CA

Dianne Feinstein

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Deb Fischer

Senator NE

Deb Fischer

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Lindsey Graham

Senator SC

Lindsey Graham

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Chuck Grassley

Senator IA

Chuck Grassley

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Maggie Hassan

Senator NH

Maggie Hassan

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Josh Hawley

Senator MO

Josh Hawley

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Martin Heinrich

Senator NM

Martin Heinrich

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Mazie Hirono

Senator HI

Mazie Hirono

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
John Hoeven

Senator ND

John Hoeven

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Tim Kaine

Senator VA

Tim Kaine

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Mark Kelly

Senator AZ

Mark Kelly

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
John Kennedy

Senator LA

John Kennedy

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Angus King

Senator ME

Angus King

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Amy Klobuchar

Senator MN

Amy Klobuchar

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Patrick Leahy

Senator VT

Patrick Leahy

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Session Score 0%
  • Proxy Vote? No
Ben Luján

Senator NM

Ben Luján

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Cynthia Lummis

Senator WY

Cynthia Lummis

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Joe Manchin

Senator WV

Joe Manchin

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Session Score 11.1%
  • Proxy Vote? No
Ed Markey

Senator MA

Ed Markey

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Roger Marshall

Senator KS

Roger Marshall

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Mitch McConnell

Senator KY

Mitch McConnell

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Bob Menendez

Senator NJ

Bob Menendez

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Jeff Merkley

Senator OR

Jeff Merkley

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Jerry Moran

Senator KS

Jerry Moran

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Lisa Murkowski

Senator AK

Lisa Murkowski

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Session Score 22.2%
  • Proxy Vote? No
Chris Murphy

Senator CT

Chris Murphy

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Patty Murray

Senator WA

Patty Murray

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Jon Ossoff

Senator GA

Jon Ossoff

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Alex Padilla

Senator CA

Alex Padilla

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Gary Peters

Senator MI

Gary Peters

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Rob Portman

Senator OH

Rob Portman

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Jack Reed

Senator RI

Jack Reed

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Jacky Rosen

Senator NV

Jacky Rosen

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Mike Rounds

Senator SD

Mike Rounds

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Bernie Sanders

Senator VT

Bernie Sanders

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Brian Schatz

Senator HI

Brian Schatz

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Chuck Schumer

Senator NY

Chuck Schumer

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Jeanne Shaheen

Senator NH

Jeanne Shaheen

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Kyrsten Sinema

Senator AZ

Kyrsten Sinema

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Tina Smith

Senator MN

Tina Smith

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Debbie Stabenow

Senator MI

Debbie Stabenow

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Dan Sullivan

Senator AK

Dan Sullivan

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Jon Tester

Senator MT

Jon Tester

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
John Thune

Senator SD

John Thune

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Thom Tillis

Senator NC

Thom Tillis

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Chris Van Hollen

Senator MD

Chris Van Hollen

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Mark Warner

Senator VA

Mark Warner

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Raphael Warnock

Senator GA

Raphael Warnock

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Elizabeth Warren

Senator MA

Elizabeth Warren

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Roger Wicker

Senator MS

Roger Wicker

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Ron Wyden

Senator OR

Ron Wyden

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No
Todd Young

Senator IN

Todd Young

  • Voted for Freedom? No
  • Proxy Vote? No

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