Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., authored the bill, which would reduce maximum pay to level II of the Executive Schedule.

Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., authored the bill, which would reduce maximum pay to level II of the Executive Schedule. Don Petersen/AP file photo

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Lawmakers Propose Lower Cap on USPS Executive Pay

Bill would lower top salary by about $20,000 for officials at cash-strapped agency.

A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers has proposed a bill to lower the maximum compensation for U.S. Postal Service executives.

Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., authored the bill, which would reduce maximum pay to level II of the Executive Schedule, or $178,700. Currently, the maximum salary for Postal Service employees is level I -- or $199,700 -- the amount Cabinet-level secretaries earn.

The bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine, would allow for six exceptions, who would be chosen by the USPS Board of Governors and permitted to earn a level I salary.

The bill has been referred to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for review. A committee spokesman declined to comment on the legislation.