Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement on the U.S. Postal Service's announcement to delay cutting Saturday delivery services:
"I am pleased to hear that the U.S. Postal Service has delayed its plans to end Saturday delivery services. However, this decision is only temporary. I will continue pushing for postal service reform to stabilize the United States Postal Service and ensure that Saturday delivery becomes permanent. Eliminating six-day mail delivery would negatively affect our community, from small businesses to the elderly who rely on prescription deliveries, and cost tens of thousands of letter carriers their jobs. It is critical that Congress stands up to enact postal reform as soon as possible."
Rep. Chu has been a staunch advocate for reforming the postal service, and has cosponsored legislation to grant the USPS immediate relief from its current financial crisis and mandate permanent six-day delivery. The Postal Service Protection Act of 2013 (H.R. 630) would allow the USPS to recover over-payments made into employee retirement systems and allow the agency to develop innovative products and services to generate new sources of revenue. If Congress does not act quickly, the U.S. Postal Service will shut down 71 mail processing plants this summer, in addition to the 114 plants that have already been closed.