A bipartisan move appears to be growing to block President Donald Trump’s plan to privatize and diminish the U.S. Postal Service, The Washington Post reported on Monday.
The plan seems like a lost cause after more than one-quarter of the Senate and almost half the House have already declared opposition to the scheme.
Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill’s proposed Senate resolution that Congress should ensure the USPS “remains an independent establishment of the Federal Government and is not subject to privatization” has 27 co-sponsors, including five Republicans, while a companion measure in the House is supported by 197 members, including 36 Republicans.
The administration’s privatization plan is part of an overall government restructuring effort introduced in June and envisions a USPS that would provide fewer services to customers and would result in severe cuts for employees, including to benefits.
McCaskill, who is in a difficult campaign for reelection in Missouri, focused her struggle against privatization on the problems it would cause for those in rural areas.
“Local post offices are the backbones of our rural communities - even more so now as small businesses rely on the Postal Service for the ability to participate in online business,” her statement said.
“The incentives simply aren’t there for private companies to take mail that last mile for people living in rural communities, and I’m going to fight tooth and nail to ensure that every Missourian - whether in a small town or big city - has access to the critical services the Postal Service provides.”
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