Keep US Posted Statement on Inquiry of DeJoy’s Planned Postage Hikes
Postal Regulatory Commission Announcement Comes in Response to Congressional Concerns in FY2022 FSGG Appropriations Legislation, as Advocated by Keep US Posted
(WASHINGTON, D.C.—May 27, 2022)— Keep US Posted, an alliance consisting of consumer interests, industry groups, newspapers, nonprofits and businesses, applauds the Postal Regulatory Commission’s invitation for consultation on postage hikes planned by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors. The Commission is kicking off a consultation process, which should lead it to reconsider its 2020 ruling which gave Postal Service leadership the power to initiate postage rates that far outpace surging inflation levels.
In response to the Postal Regulatory Commission’s announcement, former Congressman Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.), executive director of Keep US Posted, issued the following statement:
“The very same day that President Biden signed bipartisan postal reform legislation intended to fiscally stabilize the Postal Service and keep postage affordable, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced plans to move forward with rate increases in July and every few months after that. Keep US Posted has been working to alert members of Congress to the Postal Service’s planned postage hikes and their grim consequences.
"If allowed to continue, these excessive rate increases will make mail more unaffordable for all Americans, as well as newspapers, nonprofits, and businesses that depend on the Postal Service. DeJoy’s plans will ultimately create more economic instability while hurting the Postal Service’s ability to keep delivering for our country by decreasing mail volume and revenue.
“The Postal Regulatory Commission’s action represents a first step in the right direction. If regulators don’t conduct a full, on-the-record review of the planned rate increases that factored into the postal reform legislation that Congress has just passed, the USPS will continue with its plans to allow the sacrifice of almost half of its mail volume in the next decade, depriving consumers and small businesses of essential services while putting USPS jobs at risk.”
ABOUT KEEP US POSTED
Keep US Posted is a campaign consisting of consumer interests, members of the public, news media organizations, industry groups and businesses—all united in the belief that a reliable, affordable U.S. Postal Service is essential to our way of life and should be protected. Keep US Posted supports alternatives to current and future efforts to slow the mail and increase postage rates. To learn more about the campaign and get involved, visit www.KeepUSPosted.org.
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