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The U.S. Postal Service implemented new postage rates on January 26, 2014, raising the price of First Class mail (1 oz.) by three cents to 49 cents from 46 cents.
Washington, D.C., February 6, 2014 – The Greeting Card Association (GCA) issued the following statement in response to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ passage of S. 1486, The Postal Reform Act of 2014, a bill introduced by Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) to reform the United States Postal Service: "As currently drafted, The Postal Reform Act of 2014 poses a serious threat to the long-term viability of the Postal Service by raising rates and eliminating critical oversight by the Postal Regulatory Commission, and the GCA is extremely concerned by its passage through committee" said Rafe Morrissey, GCA Vice President of Postal Affairs. "While the GCA supports efforts to enact meaningful and necessary reforms, the bill that was voted through committee today does not provide a commonsense plan that puts the Postal Service in a stronger position to provide universal services."
Washington, D.C., December 25, 2013 – Today, the Greeting Card Association (GCA) expressed disappointment with the decision by the Postal Regulatory Commission to approve the exigency postal rate increase sought by the United States Postal Service.
“Raising rates above inflation is not a solution, but rather a pathway that will exacerbate the Postal Service’s current financial crisis by driving away much needed mail volume to other competitors. That said, it is encouraging that the Commission rejected the Postal Service’s contention that the recession’s impact could continue indefinitely, and provided for phasing out the rate hike. Failing to do so would have made an unfortunate decision a good deal worse and left little incentive for the Service to right size its operations and to cut costs.” said Rafe Morrissey, GCA Vice President of Postal Affairs. “The GCA has consistently advocated for commonsense reform of the Postal Service and believes that the decision by the Postal Regulatory Commission to approve the Postal Service’s request will prove to be the wrong one.” Click here to read full release.