Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) released the following statement in reaction to today's announcement by the United States Postal Service (USPS) that legislation passed by Congress will prevent implementation of its plans to end Saturday mail delivery as of this August. Langevin is cosponsoring a congressional resolution that supports maintaining six-day delivery in response to USPS's initial plan.
"Ending Saturday mail delivery has broad implications for our economy, and I have maintained that it should be an option of last resort. Congress needs to work with the Postal Service to give it more flexibility in its operations, recognizing that its ability to compete has been restricted by laws such as the 2007 requirement that, by 2017, it must set aside funding for all retiree benefits for 75 years. I hope that today's announcement will be followed by full consideration of other cost saving options that exist to put USPS on firm financial footing, without making delivery cuts the first option."