Reps. Susan Davis (D-CA), David Joyce (R-OH) and Peter King (R-NY) are reintroducing their door-delivery resolution for the 114th Congress, calling on the House and Senate to “take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of door delivery for all business and residential customers.”
The resolution will be identical to H.Res. 711, which was introduced last August during the 113th Congress and which ended up with 75 sponsors from both parties. In the 113th Congress, proposals to cut mail services such as door delivery were common. The NALC and our allies in Congress and among postal stakeholders have been instrumental in the so-far successful fight against these and other service cuts that, if implemented, would be detrimental to postal customers, especially to senior citizens (who rely on prescription medications being delivered to their door) and to disabled customers.
For businesses, eliminating door delivery would undercut the success of the Customer Connect program, where letter carriers use their personal connections to solicit new business in person. Besides, a Government Accountability Office report found that cluster boxes were so unpopular that less than 0.8 percent of business door-delivery customers last year opted to make the switch. (The report found the percentage was even lower for residences: 0.1 percent.)
“We are grateful to Representatives Davis, Joyce and King for introducing this resolution right out of the gate in this session of Congress,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “Cutting vital services like door delivery is not the way to save the Postal Service, and preserving the guarantee of door delivery will be crucial in fending off such attacks. We urge every member of the House—on both sides of the aisle—to sign on to this resolution.”
Note: Although the resolution has not been assigned a number yet, Rep. Davis, Joyce and King already have begun collecting co-sponsors.