Congress’ track record regarding the Postal Service has not been good, to say the least. It seems that everywhere we turn, there is another attack on postal employees and service standards. And that is no different as we approach a one-week recess in the House.
This latest attack is brought to you by a congressional leadership that is working behind the scenes to eliminate Saturday delivery at any cost. Congress, neither willing to fix what it broke nor content with trying to bleed our employer’s bank account dry, wants to go even further. Here’s how:
The Highway Trust Fund pays for the repair of our country’s roads and bridges. Money flows into the fund from taxes on gasoline. But with inflation eroding the value of the tax, alongside the fact that Americans are buying more fuel-efficient cars and driving less, the Fund is running out of money. There is not only a long-term funding need but also a short-term need that must be addressed before Congress breaks for its August recess. To help the Fund, Congress must either raise the gasoline tax, which hasn’t been increased since 1993, or find another source of revenue.
So, in a move that the Center for American Progress calls “bizarre,” the House of Representatives is seriously considering a plan to end Saturday mail delivery and use the disputed cost-savings from such a move to shore up the Highway Trust Fund.
I don’t have to tell you what eliminating Saturday delivery means for letter carrier jobs, but I do need your help to ensure that this horrible back-room idea does not see the light of day when Congress returns from next week’s recess and begins discussions about the Highway Trust Fund.
Here is what I need you to do right now:
- Call (202) 225-5476 and thank Rep. Tom Latham for supporting Saturday delivery as a co-sponsor of H.Res. 30, the “sense of the House” resolution that calls on the Postal Service to take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of its six-day mail delivery service.
- Ask your representative to weigh in with House Republican leadership expressing support for six-day mail delivery and opposition to using the Postal Service as an offset to pay for a Highway Trust Fund bill.
People who use the highways should be the ones responsible for paying for those highways. Postal customers and postal employees should not be unfairly forced to shoulder that burden.