Congressman Tim Bishop urged the US Postal Service to reconsider its proposal to end six-day mail delivery beginning in August of this year, citing the impact on senior citizens and workers who rely on Saturday delivery for timely receipts of medicines, paychecks and other important items.
“My constituents have spoken clearly that ending Saturday delivery would be more than an inconvenience, it could potentially be dangerous,” said Bishop. “I urge the postal service in the strongest terms to think of their customers, including small businesses, the elderly and disabled, rural communities and others who depend on Saturday delivery.”
Bishop is a co-sponsor of a bipartisan resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives “that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of its six-day mail delivery service.”
The resolution notes that the USPS has delivered on Saturday for over a century and that “reducing mail delivery service to five days a week would inevitably cause not only delays in the delivery of mail but higher postal costs, due to the many houses of additional overtime that the postal service would require in order to handle the resulting back-up of mail.”
Bishop said that Congress must act to relieve the postal service of an obligation instituted by the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act to pre-fund future retiree’s health benefits at a cost of approximately $5.6 billion per year a 10-year period. In the previous session of Congress, Bishop cosponsored legislation that would correct a calculating methodology used for the federal employees retirement system, achieving what Bishop called financial stability for the postal service without relying on taxpayer funds.
“The services of the USPS, including six-day mail delivery, remain invaluable to millions of Americans,” said Bishop. Congress should work to reduce the onerous burden of pre-funding retiree benefits to allow the agency to continue providing its customers the service they deserve.”