Congressional leaders tell PRC the USPS is on a course that threatens its future

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

Several members of Congress have written a letter to the Postal Regulatory Commission concerning the Commission’s review of the system for regulating rates and classes for market dominant products and in particular the rate hike proposed in April.

The letter is signed by Rep. Jamie Raskin (Ranking Member of the House), and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology, and Government Innovation), and Rep. Kweisi Mfume (Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Government Operations and the Federal Workforce).

Rep. Raskin and his colleagues note that the Postal Service has proposed yet another rate hike, which would increase first-class Forever stamp prices from 68 cents to 73 cents.”This marks the sixth time since March 2021 that the Postal Service has increased postage rates,” says the letter.

“This rate hike, if implemented, comes at a time when postal delivery performance and mail and package volumes are experiencing historic lows,” says the letter. “We believe that this trajectory is setting the Postal Service on a course that threatens its future as an effective, efficient, and vital American institution.”

The letter goes on to review the cost of postage since 2007, as well as recent declines in delivery performance and volume. The Congressmen conclude their letter as follows:

“We are concerned with the extent to which the pace of these postage price changes may contribute to volume declines in excess of earlier projections on total mail volume.

“It is imperative that the Postal Service meet its service delivery standards, curb excessive mail volume declines, and prevent the Postal Service from entering unrecoverable financial peril, or else put at risk the livelihood of the millions of Americans who rely on the Postal Service for their medication, social security checks, mail-in ballots, and veterans’ benefits. We request that you consider these issues seriously as you review the system for regulating rates and classes for market dominant products.”

Read the letter here (it’s on the PRC website here).

Read more at Government Executive here.