Calls On Congress to Take Action on Comprehensive Legislation
WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) released the following statement today on the Postal Service’s announcement they are ending Saturday mail delivery starting August 1. She is a longtime supporter of a comprehensive approach to address the challenges facing the Postal Service.
“Today’s announcement is bad news both for the Postal Service’s employees and people across the country. I have deep concerns that cutting Saturday delivery will lead to layoffs and facility closings at a time when our economy can least afford it. The Wallingford processing facility in particular is a real concern and I will work with my colleagues in Connecticut’s congressional delegation to do everything in our power to keep it open.
“But the Postal Service should not be in this situation. Congress has put it in this position by failing to act on comprehensive legislation that would help alleviate the financial pressures facing them, including the unprecedented requirement to prefund their retiree benefits. The Senate did their part last year and passed a bill, but just like so many other issues, Republicans in the House of Representatives were too busy posturing to take it up.
“We must stop lurching from crisis to crisis. It is time for Congress to act and put the Postal Service on the path to financial solvency.”