senate Concurrent Resolution No.23

Senators Hertel, McCann, Bayer, Irwin, Bullock, Geiss, Chang, Alexander, Moss, McMorrow, Wojno, Ananich, McBroom, Brinks, Polehanki, Santana and Hollier offered the following concurrent resolution:

A concurrent resolution to urge the United States Congress to oppose recommendations to privatize the United States Postal Service.

Whereas, The USPS is a core governmental function recognized by our Founding Fathers in the U.S. Constitution. Article I, Section 8, Clause 7 of the U.S. Constitution grants Congress the power to establish post offices and post roads. Enacting the Presidentís proposal would require Congress to neglect its constitutional responsibility; and

Whereas, The USPS provides high-quality universal service without taxpayer funding. The USPS receives no tax dollars and funds its operations through the sale of postage products and services. Even without taxpayer funding, the USPS provides excellent service and consistently receives the highest approval ratings of federal departments and agencies; and

Whereas, The USPS is a source of decent and dignified jobs in the United States. The USPS employs workers of all nationalities from diverse backgrounds of all kinds. The USPS has more than 500,000 employees at the center of the $1.4 trillion mailing industry that employs 7.5 million Americans. It is also the nationís second-largest employer of military veterans; and

Whereas, Privatizing the USPS would limit service and increase prices for Michiganís 32 rural counties. A privatized postal service will be driven by profit and would lead to increased rates and lost service for rural areas where delivery is more expensive. This will enrich a few private companies at the expense of rural communities in Michigan and across the country; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), That we urge the United States Congress to oppose recommendations to privatize the United States Postal Service; and be it further

Resolved, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to the President of the United States, the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and the members of the Michigan congressional delegation.