San­ders to Fight for Real Postal Re­form and Satur­day Mail

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U. S. Sen. Bernie San­ders (I-Vt.) said to­day he will op­pose a U.S. Postal Ser­vice plan to end Satur­day mail de­liv­ery. “The post­mas­ter gen­eral can­not save the Postal Ser­vice by end­ing one of its ma­jor com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tages. Cut­ting six-day de­liv­ery is not a vi­able plan for the fu­ture. It will lead to a death spi­ral that will harm ru­ral Amer­ica while do­ing very lit­tle to im­prove the fi­nan­cial con­di­tion of the Postal Ser­vice,” San­ders said. “Pro­vid­ing fewer ser­vices and less qual­ity will cause more cus­tomers to seek other op­tions. Ru­ral Amer­i­cans, busi­nesses, se­nior ci­ti­zens and veter­ans will be hurt by end­ing Satur­day

mail,” San­ders added. The House last year re­fused to con­sider a Se­nate-passed postal re­form bill that San­ders helped draft. The Se­nate mea­sure to mod­ern­ize the Postal Ser­vice would have changed a 2006 con­gres­sional re­quire­ment that the mail ser­vice pre-fund 75 years’ worth of fu­ture re­tiree health ben­e­fits over a 10-year pe­riod. That pre-fund­ing re­quire­ment is re­spon­si­ble for about 80 per­cent of the Postal Ser­vice’s fi­nan­cial losses since 2007. “No other government agency, no other cor­po­ra­tion in Amer­ica is bur­dened with this man­date. This man­date must be lifted,” San­ders said.

Cur­rent fed­eral law makes it il­le­gal to end Satur­day mail de­liv­ery. The Se­nate-passed bill would have re­in­forced the ban for two more years.

“It is time for Repub­li­can lead­er­ship in the House to work with the Se­nate to re­form the Postal Ser­vice in a way that will not harm ru­ral Amer­ica and al­lows the Postal Ser­vice to ad­just to the dig­i­tal age with­out end­ing Satur­day mail de­liv­ery,” San­ders said.

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