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For the first time since the COVID pandemic hit, USPS provides opportunity for public comment; Representing Keep US Posted Campaign, Yoder advocates for federal postal reform bill & other policies to improve mail service
(November 10, 2021) – Keep US Posted executive director and former Congressman Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.), who worked on postal issues during his four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, testified today during an open meeting of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors. The meeting provides the first opportunity for public comment since the COVID pandemic hit, and newly approved mail delays and postage hikes took effect.
Representing the Keep US Posted campaign, Congressman Yoder made the following statement before the USPS Board of Governors:
“In Congress, I advocated for a strong U.S. Postal Service with a six-day mail delivery requirement. That’s because reliable mail service is critical for our country. It’s encouraging to see the six-day delivery standard embraced in your 10-year plan. I am continuing that advocacy now as executive director of the “Keep US Posted” campaign by engaging with individual Americans, consumer groups, and businesses that rely on the U.S. Postal Service.
Our goal is to work with you to protect the interests of consumers and Market Dominant customers that provide the majority of volume and revenue. I’m speaking here today, to reinforce the need for The Postal Service Reform Act which is a pillar of your 10-year plan— and while there are some concerns with the plan—this bipartisan legislation is one element we strongly support.
I’m also here to advocate for the Postal Regulatory Commission to reconsider its rate-setting policy, factoring in the impact of COVID-19, inflation, and economic recovery. None of those factors were considered before this year’s postage increases. Service quality is also a concern and threatens to deprive the postal service of volume and customers.
We come to the table with a desire to work with the Board of Governors and the executive team to protect affordable, reliable mail service for the American public by preserving and even growing mail volume. I am confident that by working together, that goal can be achieved.”
ABOUT KEEP US POSTED
Supported by Hallmark, The Greeting Card Association, Consumer Action, and other industry and consumer voices, Keep US Posted supports bipartisan Postal Reform legislation (H.R. 3076), which helps to fix financial issues at USPS, while highlighting far better alternatives to current and future efforts to slow the mail and increase postage, which are outlined in the USPS 10-year “Delivering for America” plan and already being put into action. To learn more about the campaign and get involved, visit www.KeepUSPosted.org.