Rep. Ron Kind Leads Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers in Urging Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to Revise his 10-Year Plan for the USPS Over Concern for Rural Communities
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ron Kind led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in urging U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to reevaluate the proposed changes to USPS operations outlined in his Delivering for America 10-year plan. The lawmakers are expressing extreme concern over the proposed changes, which threaten to hurt rural communities across the country by slowing mail delivery, increasing postal prices, and reducing access to post offices.
Rep. Kind was joined in leading this bipartisan effort by Reps. Don Young (R-AK), Sanford Bishop (D-GA), and Terri Sewell (D-AL).
“Rural communities across Wisconsin rely on the USPS, but over the past year they’ve been dealing with historic mail delays and lost packages. Now, with his new 10-year plan, Postmaster General DeJoy is doubling down on this poor service by raising prices, cutting post office hours, and further slowing mail delivery,” said Rep. Ron Kind. “Wisconsinites deserve better. I’m calling on Postmaster General DeJoy to reevaluate this 10-year plan to make sure our rural communities have consistent, affordable, and timely access to postal services.”
“In rural West Alabama and the Black Belt, my constituents depend on the timely and affordable delivery of their prescription medication, their paychecks, and regular daily mail,” said Rep. Terri Sewell. “The further slowing of USPS deliveries and reductions in post office hours in our rural communities is unacceptable. I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure that USPS leadership adopts solutions that do not hurt our rural families.”
After abrupt reorganization and operational changes last summer and staffing shortages, lagging delivery times have continued to cause serious frustration for USPS customers. The Delivering for America plan would further slow mail delivery by extending the delivery window for first class mail and limiting sorting and transportation methods. Additionally, the proposed changes include cutting post office hours and permanently closing certain post offices, putting an even heavier burden on already overworked USPS staff.
Rep. Kind has repeatedly called on Postmaster General DeJoy to take action to address the lagging delivery times facing USPS customers. In August 2020, Rep. Kind urged Postmaster General DeJoy to ensure that mail delivery would not be impacted by the changes made to the USPS's operations and organizational structure. In March, Rep. Kind pressed Postmaster General DeJoy to implement operation changes to ensure on-time delivery.
Read the bipartisan letter here.