As both Representatives Dennis Ross (R-FL) and Justin Amash (R-MI) are freshmen, they have no history with Postal issues and are more than likely coming to the issue with not much more background in the postal market than the average consumer. Given their lack of experience with the issue, it is not surprising that they did not immediately respond to the budget as the Senators Carper and Collins did.
What we have to go on is their public statements so here is a review of quotes from articles and press releases that may provide some guidance.
Congressman Dennis Ross
Ed O'Keefe of the Washington Post interviewed Congressman Ross after he was appointed chairman of the Government Reform Committee's subcommittee on federal workers, the Postal Service and labor policy. In that interview he honestly expressed that the issues before the subcommittee were new to him although he had proposed similar changes in the federal payroll during his campaign.
Later the article gave an impression as to how he plans to run the subcommittee
Congressman Justin Amash
Congressman Amash has a bit more of a public record that is available from his press releases. In a jhttp://amash.house.gov/press-release/amash-selected-oversight-leadership following his appointment as Vice Chairman of Government Reform Committee's subcommittee on federal workers, the Postal Service and labor policy, he presented an initial position on postal issues:
"USPS has raised its rates in the last several years and now is threatening steep service cuts. I look forward to examining closely whether some of USPS's functions could be done more efficiently through competition and the private sector."
In a press release announcing his appointment to the Congress's Joint Economic Committee, Representative Amash stated,
"I look forward to studying how the government’s expansion has inhibited our economic growth and how we can be champions of job creators.”
Finally, in a press release following the publication of the President's budget, Congressman Amash provides the following quote:
In sum, these statements suggest that the Republicans leading the Government Reform Committee's subcommittee on federal workers, the Postal Service and labor policy are faced with looking at a signifiant change in postal law with a limited understanding of:
- the postal market,
- the roll that the Postal Service plays in the economy and
- the challenges of turning around an enterprise as large as the Postal Service in a manner that does not disrupt the success of businesses, governments, and non-profit entities, including the campaigns they will likely run in another year that depend on the existence of a nationwide postal network.