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Ross Statement on Postal Service Decision to Stick to Six-Day Delivery Schedule

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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-15) issued the following statement on the U.S. Postal Service reversing its February decision to modify its delivery schedule from six days to five days.

"At a time when the postal service is hemorrhaging $25 million a day, they should not reverse their decision to move to a modified delivery schedule. They are putting bad politics ahead of good policy and I urge Postmaster General Donahoe to reconsider."

Background:
- February 6, 2013, Postmaster General Donahoe announced that the postal service would move from a six-day delivery schedule to a five-day delivery schedule.

- Since 1984, there has been an appropriations rider carried in law that ties the USPS to six-day delivery of mail. Rep. Ross and Rep. Issa introduced H.R. 2309 on June 23, 2011. Included in H.R. 2309 is a provision recommending that USPS provide for a five-day delivery of mail.

- Last year, the U.S. Postal Service accrued a $15.9 billion loss.

- Eliminating Saturday delivery of first-class mail will save $2.5 billion taxpayer dollars annually.


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