Serrano: USPS Saturday Delivery Plan Ignores Law

Feb 6, 2013 Issues: Financial Services

Washington, DC – February 6, 2013 – Today, Congressman José E. Serrano released the following statement on the U.S. Postal Service’s announced plan to end Saturday delivery.

“The U.S. Postal Service has many budgetary issues, and needs Congress to complete a reform package, but they are acting outside of their legal authority if they suspend Saturday delivery. They have been prohibited from doing so by language in the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bills for the past several decades. The passage of the continuing resolution did not suspend that language, as they claim, but in fact extended it. They receive ongoing payments from Congress through which they are subjected to our oversight and guidance. That also has not changed. Rather than use very dubious legal arguments to end Saturday delivery, the USPS should work hand-in-hand with Congress to come up with a successful restructuring and reform package that allows them to become more efficient while maintaining vital services like Saturday delivery.

“I intend to work with the majority on the Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee to ensure that the USPS complies with the spirit and the letter of the law. Circumventing Congress is not a successful strategy for tackling the huge challenges that he USPS faces. Their challenges require that we all work together and come up with creative and sustainable solutions.”

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Congressman José E. Serrano has represented The Bronx in Congress since 1990. He is the Ranking Member on the Financial Services and General Government Appropriation Subcommittee, which has jurisdiction over the budgets of numerous agencies, including the U.S. Postal Service.