Why doesn’t Congress support Postal Service?

OlympiaJanuary 31, 2014 

On Jan. 26 our postal rate went up to 49 cents for first-class postage. We get between 5 to 18 pieces of mail a day. The postage on those pieces runs between 5 cents and 49 cents. Two-thirds to three-fourths of my mail has either nonprofit stamps or reduced postage from Congress or associated groups asking us to fill out surveys and send them money to support their cause.

The U.S. Postal Service is supposed to be self-supporting, yet Congress does not let Saturday mail stop. The Postal Service is the only agency that the government requires to spend $5.5 billion annually to prefund retiree medical benefits. Yet they do not support the Postal Service with their mailings.

Why are we paying more to support the mailman?

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