The Postal Service has again backpedaled on its plan to end Saturday mail delivery, when it recently conceded that its gamble to compel congressional approval had failed. With limited options for saving money, the governing board said the agency should reopen negotiations with unions to lower labor costs and consider raising mail prices. The financially beleaguered board said it's not possible for the Postal Service to meet its goals for reduced spending without altering the delivery schedule. Delaying "responsible changes," the board said, only makes it more likely that the Postal Service "may become a burden" to taxpayers. How Pathetic that this indefensible waste continues.
As in past years the Congressional reaction was mixed, mirroring differences that have
stalled a needed postal overhaul for some time. Republican
Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Representative Darrell Issa of
California told the USPS Board of Governors to move forward
with implementing the switch to five-day-a-week deliveries beginning in August. They point out that the language requiring six-day
delivery is vague and does not prohibit altering what products it
delivers on Saturdays. Others like Democratic
Representative Gerald Connolly of Virginia said in a letter to the
Government Accountability Office on Thursday that the Postal Service is
still bound by the six-day delivery and that it
lacked the legal authority to make the change.
Several polls have shown a majority of the public supports ending six-day delivery of first-class mail. The Postal Service has said that while it
would not pick up or deliver first-class mail, magazines and direct
mail, it would continue to deliver packages and pharmaceutical drugs on Saturdays. The
plan for a new delivery schedule would respond to customers' changing
needs and help keep the Postal Service from becoming a burden to
number of lawmakers and trade groups said the plan to cut Saturday mail
service is illegal because the Postal Service requires Congress'
approval before it makes such a decision.
Congress traditionally has included a provision in legislation to
fund the federal government each year that has prevented the Postal
Service from reducing delivery service. The Postal Service had asked
Congress not to include the provision this time around. Despite
the request, the House of Representatives on Thursday gave final
approval to legislation that maintains the provision, sending it to
President Barack Obama to sign into law. The Senate approved the measure
on Wednesday. So again, as America sits mired in debt with a growing deficit, our government has failed to take a simple commonsense step to correct the problem. This also means you Mr. President, again you have failed to step up to the plate and provide leadership.
Footnote; This is only one of several post I have done over the years concerning this topic. I consider it a financial waste and environmentally harmful to send a fleet of vehicles out across this land every Saturday to deliver junk mail and things many people no longer want, my last post about this was;