Washington, DC – June 25, 2014 – Today, Congressman José E. Serrano succeeded in restoring language to an annual appropriations bill requiring the United States Postal Service to maintain six day delivery. The bipartisan amendment, which Congressman Serrano sponsored with Congressman Tom Latham (R-IA), passed and was added to the fiscal year 2015 Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill.
“This is an important victory for the millions of Americans who depend upon six day delivery to receive vital services in a timely manner,” said Congressman José E. Serrano. “The six day delivery requirement has been in appropriations legislation since 1983, and removing it now would have allowed the USPS to make life more difficult for these many small businesses and individuals.
“Eliminating Saturday mail delivery would be penny wise and pound foolish. There is no indication that getting rid of 6 day delivery will somehow allow the Postal Service to return to sustainability. In fact, previous estimates indicate that getting rid of six day delivery would actually result in a loss of revenue that outweighs projected savings.
“That is why Congressman Latham and I introduced this amendment. I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for supporting it.”
The amendment passed by voice vote. The bill now moves to the full House of Representatives for their consideration.