Rep. Susan Davis Slams USPS Decision to End Saturday Mail Delivery

The U.S. Postal Service announced it would end Saturday mail delivery by Aug. 1. Your reaction?

Calling the six-days-a-week mail delivery business model “no longer sustainable,” the U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday it will eliminate Saturday delivery of mail by Aug. 1.

The plan to change delivery from six days a week to five would only affect first-class mail. Packages, mail-order medicines, priority and express mail would still be delivered Saturdays, and local post offices would remain open for business Saturdays.

Within hours of the announcement, U.S. Rep. Susan Davis slammed the cut.
“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," said Davis. whose 53rd Congressional District includes La Mesa, Spring Valley and Lemon Grove.

She continued:

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.
There is also a question of the legality of USPS's move. 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 bipartisan 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.
There is no doubt that Congress needs to make postal reform a top priority.  Congress and the USPS need to look together at all potential proposals within a broad context.

According to the U.S. Postal Service, the reasons are continued economic struggles and the increasing use of the Internet for communications and bill paying by consumers. The U.S. Postal Service is also the only federal agency required to pre-fund health benefits for retirees, and those costs are escalating quickly.

“Our current business model of delivering mail six days a week is no longer sustainable. We must change in order to remain an integral part of the American community for decades to come.”

Saturday is the lightest mail delivery day by volume and many businesses are closed on Saturdays, according to the U.S. Postal Service. However, many residents receive print magazines and ads on Saturdays in the mail that may be shifted to another day.

A Rasmussen poll on mail delivery in 2012 showed “Three-out-of-four Americans (75%) would prefer the U.S. Postal Service cut mail delivery to five days a week rather than receive government subsidies to cover ongoing losses.”

A USA Today/Gallup poll in 2010 found the majority of U.S. residents surveyed were OK with eliminating Saturday delivery. The March 2010 telephone survey of 999 adults revealed people age 55 and older were more likely than younger people to have used the mail to pay a bill or send a letter in the past two weeks.

How will this change affect you? Will you miss getting mail on Saturdays?

Jimmy Sanders February 07, 2013 at 12:53 AM
I prefer no Saturday delivery to my house Suzie!
Ed Sorrels February 07, 2013 at 01:19 AM
If they are going to deliver everything but 1st. class mail, how do they expect to get any savings, There still the same # of people walking routes, The two a day pickup by the civilian contractors, Local post offices still open ! Basiclly the same "everything" where do they expect the saving's to come from ?
Komfort February 07, 2013 at 01:29 AM
What will she do when her Obamacare quits delivering healthcare on Saturdays?
Rick Myhre February 07, 2013 at 01:40 AM
From what I've read on this issue over many months, the USPS fiscal problems have less to do with competition from the likes of UPS and Fedex, and more to do with Congress' insistence that the service fund its retiree medical benefits for a full 75 years in advance - something no other agency has to do. Kudos to you Susan, for fighting this. Lack of Saturday delivery won't affect me much in the Metro area, but it'll make a major difference in rural areas nationwide.
D C Messmann February 07, 2013 at 02:11 AM
Taxpayer dollars are NOT an option to bail out the USPS. That would force everyone to pay for services that may be barely used. I no longer use the USPS to pay bills or communicate with family and friends. I should not be forced to pay more taxes when I've already reduced the money I spend with the USPS. If I am taxed to cover their lack of responsible business practices, I expect to no longer be charged to use their services.
Rick Myhre February 07, 2013 at 02:34 AM
You may not use the USPS as much as you used to - I don't either; the business model has changed, of course - but beware of what you wish for. USPS gives you protection when you're stolen from in your mailbox - the Postal Investigative people may not be high on the radar, but they give Federal investigative and prosecutorial force to, say, credit card bills, stolen from your mailbox to get your credit card info, will be dealt with. For years, I made out my checks to the credit card companies and went into the village Post Office in Lemon Grove to mail them; in the years before identity theft we could just put the bills, stamped appropriately, in our sidewalk mailboxes for the mail-carrier to pick up. All those years, though, USPS always came through and I never suffered a case of ID theft.
yessir February 07, 2013 at 05:21 AM
Can they stop delivering on the junk mail days also? Here is a forward thought: allow adresses to opt out of junk mail however do not tell the junk mailers which adresses opt out. The junk mailers will pay regardless. This means happier mailboxes and an increase in respect for the USPS.
Rose February 07, 2013 at 06:27 AM
This will save the Postal Service over 2 billion a year. Gas prices are over the top.
David Brammer II February 07, 2013 at 07:24 AM
(Ed...Stop delivering 1st class mail and lower classes such a bulk or parcel. With only priority and express being delivered our city will have about as many usps trucks on the road as ups on Saturday. The savings comes via cuts in labor and fuel. And I remember when Don Johnson our mail carrier from back in the day, he would park and walk the street. Now they stop at every house and turn off the truck. Then they get back in and start the truck. Drive 100 feet and repeat. So cutting back on that for one day will really save money) And I'm sorry Susan Davis but this SPEND WITHOUT FUNDING has got to stop. Don't give me lip like "congress said they can't close" well tough, it's a sinking ship and right now the water is over the bow.
David Brammer II February 07, 2013 at 07:26 AM
Most rural areas have boxes located in the post office which they state will remain open.
David Brammer II February 07, 2013 at 07:33 AM
Would you use that argument for abortion and birth control? I'm a married man with kids so I'd never use either one! Why should my tax dollars pay for that? (from your point of view and my argument... because I'm not a man of faith)
Lila Hayes February 07, 2013 at 04:09 PM
About 20 years ago my dad worked for the post office as a seasonal worker. If it's the same as it was back then there are seven workers for every six postal routes (six regulars and one floater). Each of the delivery people have a different day off and the floater works each of their routes on the regular person's day off. If there is no Saturday service I would think they would no longer need the floaters. I agree that no Saturday service at all would bring bigger savings because with the current proposal they would need someone to work only one day a week. I suppose they would be part time with no benefits so that would save a lot. Even if they took someone from one of the stores to do Saturday deliveries they could have bigger routes since they won't be stopping at each house (only the houses with priority mail or packages). They might also be trying to stage out Saturday delivery. This is obviously hard enough for some people to swallow. I'm one of the 75% who would rather they save the money. I usually forget to check my mail on Saturday anyway and if I'm out for the weekend it just sits there waiting to be stolen.
Komfort February 07, 2013 at 05:08 PM
"In addition to the biweekly and monthly premiums, you can also find the total premiums, the amount the government pays, and the change in your portion of the premium compared to last year. Note: Non-U.S. Postal Rates apply to enrollees who are not employed by the U.S. Postal Service. U.S. Postal Rates apply to enrollees who are employed by the U.S. Postal Service." HMO (Regional Plans with Specific Service Areas) http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/plan-information/nonpostal-hmo.pdf http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/plan-information/postal-hmo.pdf FFS (Fee-for-Service/Nationwide Plans) http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/plan-information/nonpostal-ffs.pdf http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/plan-information/postal-ffs.pdf Will Davis see the obvious problem?
Jack Porath February 08, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Rep Davis does not support cutting Sat delivery, says that it will not solve the problem of shortage of funds. Well, Rep Davis, what will? Continuing the spending which you and others are so fond of? You are burdening my children and grandchildren with a debt that cannot be paid in their lifetimes. Over $16 Trillion in debt and counting. Our Pres, with your support, defends the spending. REDICULOUS! How about taking a LEADERSHIP position and help determine what can be cut! Raising taxes is an answer? People are now overburdened and costs are increasing with Obama Care and other mandates. When will the madness stop?


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