Graves calls for Congress to save 6-day mail

Sep 15, 2011

WASHINGTON—The ending of Saturday mail delivery remains a high priority for the U.S. Postal Service, despite a negative report from the Postal Regulatory Commission questioning five-day mail service.

But many members of Congress are not ready to give the mail a Saturday vacation. A resolution introduced by Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo, calling for a sense of Congress that Congress should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of six-day mail service now has 107 co-sponsors.

National Newspaper Association President Elizabeth K. Parker, co-publisher of Recorder Community Newspapers, Stirling, NJ, now urges community newspaper publishers to recruit more sponsors to support Graves.

NNA has been on record in favor of six-day mail for many years, Parker said.

“We now know, thanks to the PRC, that ending Saturday delivery may become a huge pothole for the Postal Service, not just for newspapers.  It will slow the delivery of First Class Mail, encourage new competitors for USPS and deliver an economic blow to rural America that tends to be more mail-dependent,” she said. “When you add this new wave of concern to the belief we already have that most newspapers need Saturday service to some degree or another, you have to believe the Postal Service should rethink its proposal.”

NNA Postal Committee Chair Max Heath said that service breakdowns in Periodicals delivery are already being reported to NNA, even with Saturday mail in place.

“This is a Postal Service that badly needs to demonstrate good faith with its customers. Serious though its finances are, it has other options for financial relief that we do support and are helping to achieve. If we lose Saturday mail, our current service problems are going to worsen dramatically, and people will leave the mails for electronic delivery much more quickly.”

The requirement for six-day mail service has been re-enacted annually by Congress since 1983. Although the oversight committees in Congress that are deliberating over USPS’s financial woes have not spoken formally on the five-day proposal since former Postmaster General Jack Potter raised it in 2009, the appropriations committees on both sides of Capitol Hill have cemented the requirement in funding bills despite the Postal Service’s objection.

Now Graves’ office says he is all the more determined to show that Congress cares about a viable six-day mail service. He believes a strong resolution, though non-binding, will help convince Congress to hold the line, and look at other financial fixes for the ailing service.

NNA will recruit new sponsors during its 50th Annual Government Affairs Conference, July 20-22, 2011, in Washington.

To see a complete list of the Representatives who have signed onto the bill, go to

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