Mail Service Cut Looks Less Likely
The chances that the U.S.Postal Service will be allowed to reduce its delivery days to five from six each week are growing slim.
Postmaster General John E. Potter asked Congress for that flexibility as a last resort to save money in the face of tumbling mail volume and revenue. It wasn’t a welcome suggestion when he testified before a Senate subcommittee Wednesday and now comes word that a key member of Congress will block the request.
The chairman of the House appropriations subcommittee that controls the budget of the U.S. Postal Service says no way. Rep. Jose E. Serrano, a Bronx Democrat, said “I will retain the prohibition on service cuts in my bill.”
Note the lack of any “we” or “the Congress” in his comment. Subcommittee chairman of the House Appropriation Committee are often called “cardinals” because of their power. Cardinal Serrano has made it clear that he will use that power to maintain six-day deliveries.
“People depend on regular mail delivery and would be greatly inconvenienced by missing a day’s delivery,” he said. “The Postal Service must manage its operations in ways that will not cause consumers to miss out on mail service.”
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