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USPS Agrees to Abide by Law, Maintain Six-Day Delivery


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Sam Graves (MO-06) says today's announcement from the United States Postal Service's (USPS) Board of Governors that the agency will not be implementing a plan to slash 6-day delivery to its customers is good news, particularly for Americans in rural areas. On January 15, 2013, Congressman Graves introduced a resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of its 6-day mail delivery service. It currently has 169 cosponsors.

"Today's decision by the United States Postal Service is a victory for America's seniors, rural communities, and small businesses," said Congressman Graves. "There is still a large group of people -- particularly in rural areas -- whose lifeline to the outside world is the Postal Service. The USPS does need reform; however, reducing core services is not a long-term plan, and I worry that reducing services will lead to other reductions like closing rural post offices. I am pleased that, for now at least, the Postal Service will continue to abide by the law as written."

Last month, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a legal opinion stating that the so-called Continuing Resolution, which funds the government through the end of September 2013, keeps in place language requiring "the U.S. Postal Service to continue 6-day delivery and rural delivery of mail at not less than the 1983 level."

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