Postal workers opposing proposed legislation that could severely limit services

Postal workers are trying to let people know that a bill before Congress, H.R. 2309, would end doorstep delivery for 90 percent of the homes and businesses in the United States, would end Saturday delivery and see thousands of post offices closed.The severe cuts in postal services contained in a bill sponsored by California Republican Congressman Darrell Issa are not necessary according to Phil Rodriguez, president of the National Association of Letter Carries’ Utah Chapter.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Wednesday, Rodriguez said the bill says the postal service retirement is underfunded while it is actually over-funded to the tune of $70 billion.”Not only is it over-funded by $70 billion,” he said, “Congress is saying ‘still fund it at a higher rate.’ So it doesn’t directly address that aspect of it. “Secondly it allows for the door-to-door delivery, the business door-to-door delivery. It doesn’t give any direction on sustaining that for the American people. It actually eliminates service where we want to give more service to the American people.”He says on the other hand, HR 1351 addresses the issues without spending a dime of taxpayer money. Rodriguez says the measure has the support of more than 200 members of Congress and in Utah Representatives Rob Bishop, R-District 1, and Jim Matheson, D-Disrict 2, support it.

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