CANTON - U.S. Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, is upset by Wednesdays announcement by the United States Postal Service that Saturday deliveries for first class mail will be eliminated as of August.
I strongly disagree with the Postal Services outrageous decision to end Saturday delivery, Mr. Owens said in a press release. Its well known that the Postal Service has a budget problem, but leadership within the organization has failed in its duty to grow and seek out new opportunities to raise revenue, instead turning to rural areas for service cuts that do little to solve the problem. This is an irresponsible approach to management and one that I oppose.
Mr. Owens said the Postal Service has failed to pursue long-term contracts with the government, instead allowing private entities like Federal Express and UPS to edge them out. Mr. Owens also noted the majority of the Postal Services budget shortfall is attributable to a pre-funding requirement, initiated by Congress in 2006, for employee health benefits, in addition to overpayments Postal Service made to employee pensions. The Congressman co-sponsored legislation in the 112th Congress (H.R. 1351, H.R. 3591) to address these gaps.
There is no question we must address the Postal Services budget shortfall, but cutting services that families in rural areas depend on is not the answer, Mr. Owens said.
Mr. Owens noted that he is currently drafting a letter to the Postmaster General regarding their inability to find new revenue.