It will literally take an act of Congress to correct the prefunding problem of future retirees’ health benefits for the next 75 years for the U.S. Postal Service, which receives no tax dollars. The $5.5 billion yearly mandate caused post office closures around the country, which in turn causes mail delays.
The USPS financial challenges are political not operational. Without the onerous mandate, the Postal Service would be clearing an operational profit and would not have to consider a reduction in service to the people of America. Six-day delivery of mail will continue for now, but that could change to less delivery days in the future.
The USPS is the largest civilian employer of veterans in the country.
Congress is currently considering restoring overnight service standards for delivery of mail behind the efforts of Sens. Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Testor (D-MT), McCaskill (D-MO) and Peters (D-MI) called the Rural Postal Act. This not just a Democratic or Republican issue, but an American issue.
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John Paige, president, Idaho State Association of Letter Carriers, Pocatello