U.S. Senator Tim Johnson today released the following statement on the United States Postal Service's announcement regarding the elimination of Saturday delivery:
I have long said the elimination of Saturday mail delivery should be a last resort option, and I am disappointed with the Postal Service's decision to end Saturday delivery. Last spring, the Senate passed a bipartisan postal reform bill that would have addressed the Postal Service's current budget shortfalls and prohibited the agency from eliminating Saturday delivery for at least two years while alternative cost savings are implemented. Unfortunately, the bill was never brought up for a vote in the House, and this inaction prevented postal reform from moving forward.
The elimination of Saturday delivery does not take effect until August 1st, so there is still time for Congress to come together and pass comprehensive postal reform. This is a top priority for me, and I will continue working to preserve the universal service mandate that ensures those in South Dakota and other rural areas continue having access to quality and affordable mail service.