Senator Tom Carper’s (D-DE) “long-standing opposition to the U.S. Postal Service going to five-day delivery appears to be softening with the fiscal realities facing the Post Offices,” the News Journal reports.
On Thursday, the federal Postal Regulatory Commission released a long-awaited advisory opinion on the Postal Service’s proposal to eliminate Saturday delivery.
The commission, an independent panel with regulatory oversight of the Postal Service, says $1.7 billion could be saved annually by getting rid of Saturday delivery. The Postal Service initially said $3.1 billion in operations costs could be sliced from the service’s budget deficit.
Carper reiterated in a statement his stance against eliminating Saturday delivery, but lamented that it “might very well be a necessary component” to keeping the Postal Service in business.
“At a time when the Postal Service is struggling with record budget deficits and facing insolvency, it makes no sense, in my opinion, to tie their hands when it comes to making difficult operational decisions,” Carper said in a statement.
“It would be irresponsible for Congress, as it does now, to stand in the way and act like a 535-member Board of Directors,” Carper said.
Carper chairs the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services and International Security.
The subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Postal Service.