The U.S. Congress should rewrite the measures it’s proposed to save the Postal Service as they wouldn’t allow enough cost reductions, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said.
“If passed today, either bill would provide at best one year of profitability and at least a decade of steep losses,” Donahoe said today in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington. “By taking the best of both the House and Senate approaches, Congress can provide the Postal Service with the legal framework and the business model it needs.”
The U.S. Postal Service, which forecast a record $14.1 billion loss for the 2012 fiscal year, might be profitable by its 2014 fiscal year if Congress makes all changes the service wants, including the elimination of Saturday mail delivery, Donahoe said.
The service’s mail volume has fallen more than 20 percent since 2006 as customers have shifted to electronic communication and the U.S. economy slipped into a recession. The Postal Service has said it doesn’t expect the volume of first-class mail, its most profitable type, to rebound.
The Washington-based service said last week it had a loss of $5.1 billion in the year ended Sept. 30 and would have lost more had Congress not given it more time to make a $5.5 billion payment for future retiree health-benefit costs.