August 15, 2018
The Trump administration is expected to release a report in the coming weeks on reforming the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), an event that could revive President Trump’s feud with Amazon.
Trump earlier this year assembled a task force to recommend fixes for the Postal Service’s fiscal woes soon after he accused the online retail giant of abusing its relationship with the USPS.
Business groups worry the task force could recommend an increase in shipping rates, something that could threaten Amazon’s lucrative arrangement with the USPS.
A group of major U.S. shippers sent a letter last week to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who leads the task force, urging him not to raise package rates.
“If one is concerned about the financial stability of the Postal Service, then it seems self-evident the thing you don’t want to do is negatively impact the conduct of the one truly bright spot in the Postal Service’s business model. That is packages,” former Rep. John McHugh (R-N.Y.), chairman of the Package Coalition, said in an interview with The Hill.
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