On June 6, NAPS Director of Legislative & Political Affairs Bob Levi conducted his weekly NAPS Chat podcast with Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC). Levi introduced Meadows by describing him as a committed conservative and astute listener to all sides of legislative debate. Meadow’s partnership with Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), chairman of the Subcommittee on Operations (with jurisdiction over the Postal Service), is noteworthy regarding their work developing postal reform legislation, Levi observed.
Meadows has been a leading proponent of a viable, universal Postal Service. He represents a rural district in North Carolina that is reliant on the USPS. Levi asked Meadows what impact the Postal Service and universal service have on his district in the era of e-commerce.
“The contact most Americans have with a government or quasi-government entity is the Postal Service,” Meadows responded. “They look at the USPS as not just delivering mail, packages and e-commerce; many postmasters and postal employees are part of the family. People go to their local post office to not just share the news of the day, but gather in fellowship.”
Meadows said it’s imperative to have a long-term postal system that’s sustainable and flexible enough to meet the demands of e-commerce. “We need to put in the political capital, in a bipartisan way, so we can get legislation across the finish line,” he stressed. “The great thing about Elijah Cummings and Gerry Connolly that I appreciate about them is they always are honest and represent their constituencies in a forthright way. They allow us to negotiate in an appropriate manner to hopefully get something done on behalf of the American people.”