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Postal Reform Delivered

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YAKIMA, Wash -- Jerilyn Gerhardstein is the office manager at the Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy in Yakima. She is responsible for mailing all of their bills and statements to patients.

Gerhardstein, like many Americans, relies on the U.S. Postal Service. New legislation will dramatically reform the USPS for the first time in over 30 years -- bringing it into the 21st century.

In recent years, the volume of first class mail has decreased, while more than one million new addresses are added each year. Sending delivery cost sky rocketing.

The bill would stabilize rates for households and bulk mailers -- tying it to inflation. It will also help the Postal Service battle against delivery companies, like FedEx. President bush is expected to sign the bill into law.

The overhauled postal service will still do what it does best, deliver mail it. Now however, it will do it more efficiently, and with more predictably for senders like Gerhardstein.