April 18, 2013
LAWT News Service
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement regarding the announcement by the United States Postal Service that it is canceling a proposal to eliminate mail delivery on Saturdays:
"I strongly advocated against the proposal to eliminate Saturday mail delivery by the United States Postal Service (USPS) and I am pleased that USPS has finally withdrawn its proposal to end Saturday letter mail delivery this summer. The elimination of six-day mail delivery would have resulted in the loss of much needed local jobs. Further, this decision would have disrupted a service upon which thousands of residents in our district utilize to receive important personal, financial, and business correspondence.
"In 2011, the U.S. Postal Service announced plans to close more than 10 percent of its 36,000 post offices throughout the country. I immediately called on USPS to consider alternatives to this plan. Last year, I introduced legislation, the Protecting Post Offices Act, which would not only protect the American postal worker but assist in making the U.S. Postal Service profitable by keeping local post offices open, and increasing their functionality to better serve their communities. I was joined by the National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO and the American Postal Workers Union in support of my bill to stabilize USPS.
"For years, I have supported sound measures that would improve USPS. I will continue to monitor the U.S. Postal Service closely and push for Saturday mail delivery to remain in place permanently, so all Californians can have reliable mail service."