USPS reform hampers expansion opportunity

OlympiaJune 2, 2014 

Recent postal reform legislation calls for numerous services cut that would have a direct financial impact to the American people and the U.S. economy. Door-to-door delivery will cease with H.R. 4670; retrieval of mail may be several blocks from our homes. Privatization will increase costs tenfold; a letter sent in the same town could cost several dollars. Closing and consolidating of postal facilities will delay mail and parcel delivery and eliminate middle-class jobs, one out of four which belongs to our military veterans.

Contrary to the beliefs of some in Congress, the USPS is expanding and growing. Not only does the USPS continue to deliver on Saturdays, it has expanded to Sunday parcel delivery in many areas of the United States. Short-sighted legislation would only cripple this growth, along with future growth opportunities.

The USPS is solely funded by postage and product sales; not taxpayers’ dollars. The USPS is the most efficient and cost-effective delivery network in the world. The USPS has seen explosive operational profits; close to $700 million in the first quarter of 2014.

Lawmakers should examine expansion and profit opportunities for the USPS and not be taken in by misdirected legislation.

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