Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), joined by 63 of her colleagues, today introduced the Protect Overnight Delivery Act. The bipartisan legislation would protect overnight postal delivery by preventing the Postal Service from weakening delivery standards. Moving from overnight to two or three day delivery standards will not only slow mail delivery, it will result in 508 closed processing facilities and an estimated 30,000 jobs lost.
"Again and again, members of Congress have asked the Postal Service not to unilaterally eliminate overnight delivery. The Postmaster General should not pre-empt Congressional action and, in the absence of a comprehensive bill, Congress should move forward with this legislation.
"Ending overnight delivery standards--and the subsequent consolidation of processing facilitates--will have a disastrous impact on unemployment. With unemployment high, this is a particularly bad time for the Postal Service to eliminate jobs.
"Our postal workers do an extraordinary service for the community and should be treated with the respect and gratitude they have earned."
The postal processing facility in Wallingford, Connecticut is among those that face closure due to the elimination of overnight delivery standards. Over 500,000 people are employed by the Postal Service in the United States, more than McDonalds, Wal-Mart and Starbucks combined.
DeLauro is also a cosponsor of the Postal Service Protection Act of 2013, which would remove the retiree benefits pre-funding burden from the Postal Service and transfer the billions in overcharges back to it.