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R Street Events on Postal Reform and Update on the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress
Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM EDT
Category: Industry Events

Postal Reform: Options and Opportunity for the 116th Congress

September 10, 2019 | 10:00 AM | CVC 268

In May, the Postal Service reported a $2.1 billion loss in the second quarter of its 2019 fiscal year, after losing $3.9 billion the previous year. With finances growing increasingly dire, Congress has begun looking for answers. This spring, both houses held hearings on paths forward for the struggling agency, and the House is considering a bipartisan reform bill that would give USPS more financial breathing room. But this proposal would not address the long-term structural problems at USPS, meaning Congress would need to act again in a few years. By that point, the underlying problems driving ongoing losses will have only gotten worse.

To that end, R Street has organized a panel to discuss the current legislation and consider avenues for further postal reform, including piloting new potential revenue sources, formalizing the agency’s universal service obligation, and overcoming the deadlock between postal interest groups.

Breakfast will be provided as supplies last. 


Update on the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress

September 10, 2019 | 12:00 PM | RHOB 2045

Join the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group (LBCWG) for a lively update and panel discussion on the work – thus far! – of the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. The committee has unanimously approved 29 recommendations that span from improving House technology to increasing congressional transparency and fostering new leaders in the chamber. The panelists will discuss the recommendations and what the committee might do next. They also will look at the organization and management of the Select Committee itself – a recommendation in its own right to other committees on the Hill.

Lunch will be provided as supplies last.