WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Postal Service wants to ship you beer, wine and liquor.
In its ongoing quest to find new revenue streams, the Postal Service is hinting that Congress should make it legal to use the mail to ship beer, wine and liquor -- which competitors such as Fed Ex (FDX, Fortune 500) and UPS (UPS, Fortune 500) can already do.
Congress would have to overturn a 100-year-old temperance era law that bans shipping any "spirituous, vinous, malted, fermented or other intoxicating liquors of any kind" by mail, said Sue Brennan, spokeswoman for the agency.
Ogling alcohol shipments is hardly a new idea for the Postal Service. Back in 2011, it worked with the Senate to get a provision a Postal Service bill, which didn't get very far.
A new House bill to help the Postal Service doesn't address postal shipments of alcohol. But the bill's author, California Republican Darrell Issa, supports the idea, his spokesman said.
What the Postal Service really wants is Congress to pass something to help it get past its major cash woes.
In 2012, the agency lost $16 billion. Last year, the agency twice defaulted on payments owed to the federal government to pre-fund retiree health care benefits totaling $11 billion. The agency has also exhausted a $15 billion line of credit from the U.S. Treasury.
The Postal Service is so desperate for help that this year it tried to end Saturday delivery of mail without Congress' approval, only to reverse itself.
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