Sending Office: Honorable Maxine Waters
SUPPORT USPS SIX-DAY DELIVERY IN FY20 APPROPRIATIONS
**This is a language request**
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DEADLINE: COB Friday, March 22nd
Please join me in sending a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government urging the inclusion of report language that requires the United States Postal Service (USPS) to maintain
six-day, Saturday delivery for all types and classes of mail.
The elimination of letter mail delivery on Saturdays would have an adverse effect on the USPS’s competitiveness and on the mailing costs incurred by businesses and residents throughout the nation. Since 1981, a Congressional mandate has required the Postal
Service to deliver mail six days per week. In 2012, however, then-Postmaster General Patrick Donahue sought to revise the USPS’s delivery to eliminate one day of mail delivery by ending Saturday mail service. In 2018, the agency reported an operating revenue
of $70.6 billion, an increase of $1.0 billion compared to the prior year. Eliminating six-day mail delivery would inhibit USPS’s ability to maintain and grow its operating revenue, and could result in the loss of tens of thousands of postal jobs.
In the 115th Congress, the bipartisan H.Res 15 was introduced which, “expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that the USPS should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of its 6-day mail delivery service.” The Resolution, lead
by Representatives Gerald E. Connolly (VA-11) and Sam Graves (MO-06) and cosponsored by 258 Members, states that, “reducing mail delivery service to 5 days a week would inevitably cause not only delays in the delivery of mail, but higher postal costs, due
to the many hours of additional overtime that the Postal Service would require in order to handle the resulting back-up of mail.” Elimination of six-day delivery service would hurt constituents in both rural and urban neighborhoods by slowing the receipt of
important mail and packages. The Saturday delivery service is relied upon by the elderly, disabled, and individuals and families who work from Monday through Friday and are only able to be at home to accept their mail on weekends.
The full text of the letter is below. Postal workers and the millions of customers they serve can no longer afford additional cutbacks that potentially impair the USPS’s ability to deliver quality service. Please contact
Andres.Bascumbe@mail.house.gov if you would like to sign on or have any questions about this letter.