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Subject:  Issa's Postal Reforms Date:  1/6/2014  11:41 AM
Author:  tjscott0 Number:  714319 of 736840

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-01-03/darryl-issas...

The California Republican announced yesterday that he has introduced legislation that would use the saving from eliminating Saturday delivery to restore cost-of-living adjustments for military retirees that were cut in last year’s budget act.

Many of his proposals have already been successfully adopted in other countries. Last month, he lauded Canada Post’s decision to end home delivery in cities.

Issa hasn’t been able to pass his sweeping reform bills in the House. He can’t get any Democratic support, and some of his ideas spook Republicans, too. Rank-and-file members of both parties are leery of alienating voters with service cuts. They are also beneficiaries of campaign contributions from postal workers unions. The unions are staunchly opposed to reform proposals, such as ending Saturday letter delivery, that threaten the jobs of their members.

Issa claims ending Saturday letter delivery will save $17 billion—more than enough to restore the $6 billion cut to veterans while allowing the USPS to keep the rest. The new bill is clearly an effort by Issa to put his opponents on the spot. He’s forcing them to make a choice in an election year: Do they want their bills and junk mail delivery on Saturdays so badly that they are willing to shortchange veterans? If so, they can go public with their position.

Hee hee. Good one Darrell. I support both proposals.

http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/canada/canada+post+phase+h...
The move from door-to-door delivery to community mailboxes will be rolled out over the next five years, starting in the second half of 2014, and affect about one-third of Canadian households. The change will not affect rural households.

Dunno about your town, but here in Las Cruces; new developments have community mail box locations. So far older homes are grandfathered in with house to house delivery.
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