Thompson opposed to 5-day mail delivery

By Monica Land

BOLTON – Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said he is disappointed by the United State’s Postal Service’s (USPS) decision to end a six-day mail delivery.

That change is slated to begin in August 2013.

Thompson said the decision made by the USPS will have an adverse impact on residents who live in rural areas throughout Mississippi – often a great distance from postal facilities.

“Perhaps most troubling about this decision is the fact that it could have been more easily resolved,” Thompson said. “The current financial crisis that the Postal Service finds itself in was created in 2006 when Congress decided to force the Postal Service to pre-fund the pension and health benefits of Postal Service employees.  This is an obligation that no other private or public sector entity has to comply with.”

Thompson said if Congress acts to repeal the “stifling pre-fund pension requirement” the postal service would be “financially solvent and services to customers, including six-day delivery, would not

need to be cut.”

The Postal Service will implement a five-day delivery schedule for mail sent to street addresses in August of this year.  Mail addressed to street addresses will be delivered Monday through Friday.  Post Offices open on Saturdays will remain open and mail addressed to P.O. Boxes will be available for pickup on Saturdays.

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