Jan 6, 2017
WASHINGTON – With the United States Postal Service already beginning to phase out of door delivery of mail, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA) re-introduced her bipartisan H. Res. 28 stressing that door delivery must not end. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) joined Davis as lead cosponsors of the resolution.
“Ending door delivery of mail is not good for postal customers, businesses, or the Postal Service,” said Davis. “I’ve heard from constituents who are forced to use cluster mailboxes and they report all kinds of problems with them. My constituents with door delivery are very vocal about wanting to keep this critical service.”
If door delivery of mail is ended, residents would be forced to pick up their mail at shared cluster mailboxes, many of which are in unsecure locations, poorly maintained and far from people’s homes.
Seniors and people with disabilities would be most be hurt by the forced adoption of cluster boxes especially for getting their prescriptions. Studies show that in the digital age it is these groups that rely more than ever on getting mail right to their door.
Besides inaccessibility, there are issues of maintaining clusters boxes. Numerous reports have been detailed of neighborhood cluster boxes being stolen, damaged or vandalized. Residents are ultimately responsible for maintenance and repair of the cluster boxes.
Neighbors have to all pitch in which can create community tensions. In some cases it has taken months for residents to raise enough money to replace them. They then have to pick up mail at the post office while they wait.
Eliminating door delivery would drive mail and revenue from the Postal Service, devaluing postal mail in the long run as individuals and businesses advertisers would likely send less mail.
Davis’s resolution is the same as the one she introduced in the 114th Congress, which had 228 bipartisan cosponsors.