Congresswoman Davis questions legality of action
February 6, 2013 (Washington D.C.) – The U.S. Postal Service has announced plans to end Saturday mail delivery as a cost-saving measure.
The announcement drew swift criticism from Congresswoman Susan Davis, who also noted that since Congress mandated Saturday delivery, eliminating it should require Congressional action.
“While the USPS is certainly facing a critical financial situation, eliminating delivery on Saturday is not going to provide the savings necessary to right the ship,” Davis said in a statement issued to media. “This decision will only have a detrimental impact on postal customers and small businesses, many of whom have contacted my office. The postal service is an American institution people depend on and we need to give it the tools it needs to be robust rather than cutting it off at the knees.”
She further questioned the legality of the move, noting, “Congress enacted legislation directing the USPS to maintain Saturday delivery and the USPS should go through Congress if it wants to alter delivery. The fact that a bi-partisan majority of my colleagues and I cosponsored legislation to maintain Saturday delivery in the last Congress says that representatives and the people we represent want their voices heard on this issue.”
Davis indicated that Congress should make postal reform a top priority and should work with the USPS to consider a broader range of potential solutions.