and seek approval for reforms, the lame-duck US Congressional session is currently focused on avoiding possible tax increases and spending cuts scheduled to take effect in January 2013. At the earliest, the US Congress will not look at USPS reforms until possibly later in 2013.
US legislators have also introduced their own postal reform including one bill, which was approved by the Senate earlier this year. Under this bill, the Postal Service could utilize some $11bn in surplus pension contributions for employee buyouts and other purposes. It would not eliminate the retiree health care pre-funding requirement, but rather allow the postal service to stretch out its payments and it would make the Postal Service wait at least two years before halting Saturday delivery.