U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) today commented on the decision by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to withdraw its proposal to end Saturday delivery service. Pocan is a co-sponsor of The Postal Service Protection Act of 2013, which maintains the six-day delivery schedule and gives USPS the ability to make commonsense reforms so it can meet 21st century customer needs.
"Today's announcement that the USPS has cancelled its plans to end Saturday mail delivery is a victory for our middle class families, our rural communities and our small business owners in Wisconsin who rely on this critical service. Eliminating six-day delivery would not only threaten the future of this great institution, but also eliminate jobs for thousands of postal workers and severely harm families and businesses that rely on Saturday delivery.
"However, today's decision does not end the need for comprehensive reform at the USPS, particularly to correct its onerous requirement to pre-fund future retiree health benefits. I will continue to work with my colleagues to protect a six-day delivery schedule and advance The Postal Service Protection Act, which will allow the USPS to adapt, thrive and meet the needs of its 21st century customer base."
The Postal Service is the only organization, public or private, that is required by law to prefund future retiree health benefits. Without the pre-funding requirement, the Postal Service would have had an operational profit between 2007 and 2010.
The Postal Service Protection Act would reform and modernize the USPS by:
Giving the USPS the ability to reform its funding structure for employee pensions.
Directing the USPS to use revenue to create innovative postal and non-postal products and services to generate new revenue sources.