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    Government Failures Congress Wants You to Fund This Year

    Wasteful, ineffective, failed. Those are all ways Heritage experts have described government programs Congress is funding—with your hard-earned money—in its new trillion-dollar omnibus spending bill. Here are a few big failures that need to be eliminated or seriously reformed—but instead are getting millions (or billions) of dollars. Head Start. Head … More

    Postal Service Won’t Shut Down but Will Default on Its Debt

    The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) defaulted on its debt last night. No, it has nothing to do with the partial shutdown of the government. The USPS is not affected by that. Rather, it has its very own, parallel fiscal crisis that threatens its viability as an institution. Yesterday’s default—on $5.6 … More

    Sending a Message: USPS Sinks Saturday Service

    The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) caused an uproar yesterday when it announced that it would be ending Saturday delivery of letter mail this August, saving an estimated $2 billion per year. Opponents—including many Members of Congress—expressed outrage at the move, arguing that it would cause hardships for postal customers and … More

    Postal Service Finances: Yes, It Can Get Worse

    It is becoming hard to keep the billions of dollars in missed payments and recorded losses by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) straight. Today, tack another multibillion-dollar chunk of change onto the list: The USPS reported a third-quarter net loss of $5.2 billion, bringing year-to-date losses to $11.6 billion. But … More

    Postal Service in Default: The Beginning of the End?

    Today the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will default on $5.5 billion in payments to the Treasury for future retiree health benefits. That is no small sum, to be sure. But much to the dismay of the USPS—and the ire of taxpayers—it marks the first of several anticipated and potentially larger … More

    Post Office Closures: NIMBYism Wins

    Yesterday, faced with stiff congressional opposition to its plan to close over 3,600 post offices, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) blinked. It was hardly a profile in courage on either side, with Members of Congress unable to resist the reverse NIMBYist urge to protect their local post offices at all … More

    Morning Bell: Is the Postal Service Doomed?

    If you ran a business with $25 billion in losses over the last five years, $20 billion in annual losses projected in the coming years, and 80 percent of its locations losing money, do you think that your company would stay afloat? Should it be rescued with a bailout from … More

    PODCAST: U.S. Postal Service to Cut $3 Billion

    In this week’s Heritage in Focus, regulatory expert James Gattuso discussed the recent news that the U.S. Postal Service is cutting $3 billion in costs in order to stay afloat. Click here to listen. What services will change as a result of the cuts? How will these cuts affect the … More

    Senate Postal Reform: A Lot of Money, Little Change

    With nine days to go before the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) faces default, a Senate committee on Wednesday is expected to vote on a new plan to address the crisis. The plan takes a few steps in the right direction, but it falls short of the comprehensive reform that is … More

    The Postal Crisis Easily Explained: How to Avoid a Taxpayer Bailout

    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee meets Thursday to consider the most substantive postal reform plan under consideration in Congress. The debate in Washington triggered a spending spree from postal unions opposed to the reforms, including a national TV ad campaign launched last month. Now the Oversight Committee is … More