Today, U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, which has jurisdiction over the U.S. Postal Service, issued the following statement:
"It is unfortunate that the U.S. Postal Service has made a unilateral decision to move to five-day delivery in a matter of months when serious questions remain as to whether piecemeal efforts like this one will do anything to secure the Postal Service's long-term viability. Furthermore, this move circumvents the clear will of Congress as expressed in the law over three decades. There is a real need for comprehensive postal reform and I have supported such efforts in the past. What we need--and what I will continue to work towards--is a comprehensive solution that thoughtfully examines every way we can strengthen the Postal Service so it can continue to serve all Americans far into the future."