Congressman Introduces Rural Postal Service Preservation Act

Washington, D.C.— Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04), today released the following statement after introducing H.R. 3744, the Rural Service Preservation Act in the United States House of Representatives:

“As the United States Postal Service’s financial picture continues to grow dim and options of reform are being discussed, I along with so many across the nation are increasingly concerned about the prospect of the postal service ending delivery to rural regions,” said Aderholt.

“As the postal service looks for reform and cost-cutting solutions, I believe rural Americans should not be singled out for postal cuts. To make sure that does not happen, I’ve introduced legislation that would ensure rural delivery continues and directs the postal service not to target rural postal employees for buy-out retirements.”

“This legislation is vital to the many rural communities of North Alabama and elsewhere across the country. I hope that my colleagues join me in recognizing the importance of this issue to America’s rural regions and support H.R. 3744,” concluded Aderholt.

Details of H.R. 3744

Ensures that the current level of postal delivery service continue for five years from enactment.

Requires any buy-out used to cut workforce of postal employees be apportioned 10% rural 90% urban.

Requires that any postal office closures also be made in the same 10% rural, 90% urban differential.

Defines rural areas with reference to the most recent decennial census and definitions of “rural” from the 2002 and 2008 Farm bills.

Aderholt currently serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security for the powerful House Appropriations Committee, is a member of the Committee’s Commerce, Justice and Science; and Agriculture Subcommittees, and also serves on the Helsinki Commission.

For more information about Aderholt’s work in Congress visit www.aderholt.house.gov.

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  • M. Jamison

    This is a poorly conceived bill that the Congressman knows will go nowhere. It’s likely he introduced it for political reasons, primarily pandering to the folks back home.
    Lynch in the House and Akaka in the Senate have bills that at least show an understanding that the current problems are the creation of Congress combined with a management that seems driven towards some form of privatization.

    The choices are really rather clear, we can view the Postal Service as an integral piece of our national infrastructure and find ways to ensure its continued relevance by making use of the network. Or, we can view postal services as simply another commercial transaction and allow the revenues generated by those services to be redistributed to elements of the private sector than to be used in supporting the infrastructure.
    Failing to make a clear choice, as it appear Congress is wont to do, will result in the de facto choice of of an essentially privatized system.

  • Just a stupid voter

    The congressman has no clue. It costs 20 times as much to deliver mail in the rural area as it does the urban areas. So many bills, so many people in the HR and Senate all making their own plans, and yet none are willing to undo the damage they caused in 2006 which would solve the problems.

  • Old mailman

    It does not cost more to deliver mail in rural areas than urban. In fact, the cost per delivery is MORE in urban areas. Rural routes cost much less than city routes. If city routes were evaluated perhaps the cost would be reduced.

  • Postalsusan

    What’s needed is not postal reform of postal reform. With the amount of overfunding to the retirement health account, there would be no “crisis.” To save this organization, the priority should be to repeal the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, and to change the USPS model from a business model, which has failed miserably, back to its mission of universal service. Then, maybe, the SERVICE will come back. The USPS would still be in the black if the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act never happened. Always seems like Washington and Postal Management like to destroy what works just fine.