Statement on the U.S. Postal Service's Decision to End Saturday Mail Delivery

Feb 6, 2013 Issues: Jobs and Economy

Washington, D.C.U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01) released the following statement after the U.S. Postal Service announced it will end Saturday mail delivery. The service reduction will begin in August, however, package delivery will still continue on Saturdays.

“I have long opposed reducing mail delivery days because of the hardship it will place on the American people,” said Hanabusa. “While I am pleased that the Postal Service has agreed to continue delivering packages on Saturdays—allowing for the delivery of medications to the growing number of people who receive their prescriptions through the mail, for example—I remain concerned for those who rely on Saturday delivery for critical matters like paychecks and Social Security checks. When you are talking about someone’s sole means of support, a day’s delay is significant.

“We also cannot forget that many businesses, especially small businesses, do not operate on a five-day work week. Cutting off Saturday mail delivery will impact their ability to do business and could affect their bottom line.

“Those are primary reasons that I am a cosponsor of House Resolution 30, which calls upon the Postal Service to continue its century-long practice of delivering the mail six days a week. I hope the Postal Service will re-examine its decision and find a financially responsible way to bring this vital service to the people who need it,” she added.