Friday, June 29, 2012

Issa: House Bill Will Save Nonprofit Postal Rates

The NonProfitTimes is reporting that the section of a U.S. Postal Service reform bill in Congress that would have eliminated discounted nonprofit postal rates during a 12-year period has been eliminated from the legislation.

According to Tony Conway, executive director of the Alliance of Nonprofit Managers in Washington, D.C., Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the leading sponsor of the postal reform bill, H.R. 2309, informed the Alliance that Section 403 of the bill will be deleted when it goes to the House floor for a vote later this summer.

The Times reports that Ali Ahmad, a spokesman for Issa, confirmed the section had been removed. The Alliance had strongly opposed Section 403.  The Times continues:

“We have averted a serious problem,” said Meta Brophy, director, publishing operations at Consumer Reports in Yonkers, N.Y., and board chair of the Alliance. “Congratulations to the Alliance members that took the time to educate their Representatives about the importance of this issue. And kudos to Chairman Issa and his colleagues, who recognized the importance of preserving the benefits offered by the nonprofit sector to a healthy civil society, especially now, when the government’s resources have become so overstretched.”


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