Today, Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) released the following statement regarding the United States Postal Service's announcement to end six-day mail delivery.
"I am deeply disappointed by the recent decision by the Postal Service to end Saturday delivery of mail," said Thompson. "This decision will have a tremendous adverse impact on Postal Service customers who live in rural areas across Mississippi-- often great distances from postal facilities."
"Perhaps most troubling about this decision is the fact that it could have been more easily resolved. The current financial crisis that the Postal Service finds itself in was created in 2006 when Congress decided to force the Postal Service to pre-fund the pension and health benefits of Postal Service employees. This is an obligation that no other private or public sector entity has to comply with."
"If Congress acts to repeal the stifling pre-fund pension requirement, the Postal Service would be financially solvent and services to customers, including six-day delivery, would not need to be cut."
The Postal Service will implement a five-day delivery schedule for mail sent to street addresses in August of this year. Mail addressed to street addresses will be delivered Monday through Friday. Post Offices open on Saturdays will remain open and mail addressed to P.O. Boxes will be available for pickup on Saturdays.