Look out when the GOP says they want to “save” something.
The age-old standoff between mail carrier and Canis familiaris could be coming to an end if the latest plan to save the Postal Service goes ahead.
The proposal, approved by a House committee on Wednesday, would end door-to-door delivery by 2022. Instead, postal carriers would limit their deliveries to curbside — meaning boxes at the end of driveways — or to cluster boxes, a staple of many apartment complexes.
The plan, which passed on a straight party-line vote of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is part of broader legislation sponsored by the committee’s chairman, California Republican Darrell Issa. It aims to cut up to $4.5 billion a year from the budget of the Postal Service, which lost $16 billion last year.
Proponents still have to deliver the votes in the full House as well as the Democratic-controlled Senate if the plan, which would also eliminate Saturday delivery and remove no-layoff clauses from future union contracts, is to go ahead.
And it’s not like changes to mail service have proved an easy sell in the past, despite the Postal Service’s money woes. As much as lawmakers love to bash the service for perceived inefficiency, the idea of ending Saturday delivery was turned down in March. A proposal last year to close down rural post offices was also returned to sender.
Ahead of the vote on the latest measure, Issa said a “balanced approach to saving the Postal Service means allowing USPS to adapt to America’s changing use of mail.”