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Darrell Issa's Mischievous Postal Reform Bill

There is something politically mischievous about U.S. Representative Darrell Issa’s new bill to end Saturday letter delivery. The California Republican announced yesterday that he has introduced legislation that would use the saving from eliminating Saturday delivery to restore cost-of-living adjustments for military retirees that were cut in last year’s budget act.

A little context is helpful here. Issa is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which oversees the money-losing U.S. Postal Service. He has emerged as the primary advocate of postal reform in Congress. Many of his proposals have already been successfully adopted in other countries. Last month, he lauded Canada Post’s decision to end home delivery in cities.