U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-15) issued the below statement in support of the U.S. Postal Service's decision to modify its delivery to five days, thereby eliminating Saturday delivery for first-class mail, but allowing the continuation of package delivery. Rep. Ross was the Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and Labor Policy last Congress.
"I applaud Postmaster General Donahoe for making the tough decision to reduce postal service delivery of first-class mail to five days. I believe that the continued viability of the USPS is in every American's interest and we must continue to work together and make a concerted effort to streamline and modernize the Postal Service so it can meet the needs of a 21st Century economy."
-Since 1984, there has been an appropriations rider carried in law that ties the USPS to six-day delivery of mail. Rep. Ross and Rep. Issa introduced H.R. 2309 on June 23, 2011. Included in H.R. 2309 is a provision recommending that USPS provide for a five-day delivery of mail.
-Last year, the U.S. Postal Service accrued a $15.9 billion loss.
-Eliminating Saturday delivery of first-class mail will save $2.5 billion taxpayer dollars annually.