Two Congressional Panels Approve Bills to Continue Six-Day Mail Delivery

Two Congressional Panels Support Six-Day Service

APWU Web News Article 074-2010, July 30, 2010

Two congressional panels voted on July 29 to approve spending bills that would require the Postal Service to continue to provide mail delivery six days per week. The two bills — one in the Senate and one in the House — still have a long way to go before they could become law, however.

“These are important steps, but we must clear many more hurdles in order to stop the Postal Service from eliminating Saturday delivery,” said APWU Legislative & Political Director Myke Reid. “The full Senate and House would have to approve the bills, and then the two versions would have to be reconciled to resolve any differences between them.” Spending bills are traditionally very difficult to pass, he said.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 18-12 to approve a spending bill for Fiscal Year 2011 that would prevent the U.S. Postal Service from reducing mail delivery from six days to five. The House Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee voted by voice.

On July 28, Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), a member of the Senate Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, announced that he had persuaded the members of the Senate panel to reject the USPS proposal. Sen. Tester explained the importance of six-day mail delivery to rural America.

“Folks in rural and frontier communities often rely on their Saturday mail to bring them the things they need to live. Unlike in urban areas where folks can walk down the block to the local drug store, many Montanans live long distances from the nearest pharmacy or newsstand. Getting mail six days per week is part of what keeps rural America strong and thriving.”

The bill notes the crucial role of six-day service. It says, “The Committee believes that six-day mail delivery is one of the most important services provided by the Federal Government to its citizens. Especially in rural and small-town America, this critical service is the linchpin that serves to bind the Nation together.”

5 thoughts on “Two Congressional Panels Approve Bills to Continue Six-Day Mail Delivery

  1. I will not name call you. Once you personally attack someone because their opinion is different, you lose any sense of debating. I do hope your life gets better. It is not cool to be angry at someone , simply because you disagree. Have a great day anyway.

  2. They will not lose jobs. We are shorthanded as it is. By attrition , we will be ok. PTFs can capture the ot and we can have early outs. Oh by the way , what about the environment? Isn’t it worth it to save the environment? If 5 days of delivery is good enough for the rest of the world , it should be good enough for the USA. The dinosaur has become extinct!

  3. Thank You for not allowing PMG POTTER to BULLY his way to DESTROY the USPS!!! He doesn’t have the USPS and the American Public’s best interest in mind, as a USPS employee, my co-workers and I feel like he is trying to destroy the USPS, why would you cut service when that is what the USPS is all about?? He has already cut many of our job at the lower level, while he keeps adding to the TOP WHY???? We would also like to know why he hasn’t been FIRED YET?? We think the USPS should move in a NEW DIRECTION WITH NEW IDEAS TO SELL THE SERIVCES WE OFFER, not CUT the SERVICE. How do you get revenue when you CUT SERVICE???? and you make your CUSTOMERS MAD!!! seems to me all that’s going to do is send OUR BUSINESS to someone else!! Will Somebody Who Has The Power Please Give Us A NEW POSTMASTER GENERAL ASAP!!! Before We Lose All Of Our Business!!

  4. THey somehow manage in the rest of the world, including Canada, by having m-f
    f. This is a joke. What is the freaking big hang up about eliminating Saturday. What about the environmental savings as well. ITs a no brainer.

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