Bipartisan group in Congress calls for end to USPS service slowdown

West Virginia Congressman David B. McKinley, R-W.Va., introduced a bipartisan resolution calling for an end to the postal slowdown and a return to prior service standards.

On July 1, 2012 the United States Postal Service (USPS) initiated an aggressive plan to cut costs by closing rural post offices, mail processing facilities and reducing First Class Mail delivery. This has had a disproportionate impact businesses and families in rural areas.

“We’ve heard from hundreds of West Virginians — newspapers, businesses and individual postal customers negatively impacted by these delivery changes. By restoring prompt and reliable service, we can rebuild trust in the postal service and give rural Americans peace of mind” said McKinley.

The fall 2013 closure of the USPS Mail Processing Facility in Bridgeport has required mail to be shipped to Pittsburgh or Charleston for processing, resulting in delays, increased costs, and unreliable service. Beckley mail is sent to Charleston for processing. This month, USPS announced it would end overnight delivery of First Class Mail in further efforts to cut costs.

“The recent changes implemented by the United States Postal Service are having a dramatic and negative impact on all businesses and residents living in rural parts of the United States,” said Don Smith, executive director of the West Virginia Press Association. “This recent USPS decision is a national issue that is impacting the entire country. The newspaper industry across America is just one segment of the national economy that will suffer as a result of these changes. We hope other members of Congress will support his resolution and join in the discussion.”

“This postal slowdown is causing real harm across West Virginia as credit card bills are delayed, consumers cancel unreliable newspapers, and timely medicine deliveries are threatened. The Post Office should reconsider these changes and work with Congress to develop an alternative model,” McKinley added.

The bipartisan resolution, H. Res. 54, was co-sponsored by Reps. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y.; Don Young, R-Alaska.; Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio; Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif; Richard Nolan, N.M.; David Joyce, R-Ohio; and Linda Sanchez, D-Calif.

  • OTH Guy

    If congress had done their job and passed a postal reform bill instead of b..ll…ting around for the past 2 years, we wouldn’t have to listen to all their indignation today. PLEASE JUST DO YOUR JOB.

  • Career Clerk – Retired

    Time for the US Postal Service, which receives NO tax dollars, to go back to the Post Office Department of the Federal Government. Then the Government will control all of it and the tax payers will foot 100% of the costs. When the rates are raised blame the President!!!

  • Tony

    Too bad the politician opened his mouth. His reasons…”credit cards delayed”? We all know we have 7 to 20 days to pay bills that arrive in the mail. One day is no big deal. “Medicine will be slowed down”, well actually SPRs and parcels are not effected. In fact parcels get 7 day delivery. “unreliable newspapers?”, I don’t even know what he’s talking about.
    However slowing the mail is not good for a host of reasons a non politician could tell you. No wonder the country is in trouble, these people know nothing of the things that go on with the common folk.

  • RussellHawk

    Many people subscribe to daily newspapers through the mail. Very time sensitive each morning at plants and the local station.

  • Ben smith

    You are so right on! Congress gets off heir dead rear ends and actually passes meaningful legislation, we are not talking about any of this! I would love to have lunch with one of these a holes.

  • postalworker1

    make sure they pay

  • Taylor Harris

    I am all for keeping the USPS alive but only if we have a Junk Mail Opt In law (and not with tax payer dollars). Unless you specifically request junk mail it is not delivered. Private competition for mail would be good. USPS should start offering to scan and electronically deliver mail for people that travel or hate physical mail delivery – good ancillary business opportunity that is related to their core competency.

  • Taylor Harris

    If USPS can not survive without bulk junk mail delivery then it’s time to shut it down. Think of the massive carbon foot print of delivering billions of pieces of junk mail a year.