The website promotes the Committee's bill on a page entitled "Our Plan: Just the Facts," in language that has previous been included in press releases from Congressman Issa and Ross as well as videos of previous hearings. The page also includes videos of previous hearings that the Committee has held on the Postal Service.
The "In the News" page lists news stories and editorials that support the bill or the changes that the bill proposes.
The "Can You Fix it?" pop-up lays out the options as the committee Republicans see them. Options proposed by others in the House or in the Senate are described as a taxpayer bailout. A description that many stakeholders and other members of Congress would disagree with.
The video on the website. is slickly produced and presents an unflattering image of the prospects of the Postal Service, and for that matter the idea of a national postal operator. More importantly for the private sector postal industry, that generates $1.1 trillion in sales and employs more than 8 million, it puts their business in an unflattering light by association. From a Washington perspective, all that it is missing from the video is the disclaimer naming a sponsor, which provides little information as to who actually paid for the ad.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Website follows creation of websites that propose alternative solutions. These include Save the Post Office and ones developed by postal unions and postmasters. Soon others will sprout up to support and oppose the bill that Congressmen Issa and Ross presented
The questions for postal stakeholders are:
- Does this effort of the Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee move finding a solution forward or does it just raise the temperature of the debate?
- How will this effort to promote a particular postal reform bill influence Republicans from the moderate through conservative wings of the party who have already expressed a preference for a different solution to the Postal Service's problems.