The United States Postal Service (USPS) may end door-to-door delivery in the near future.
A new bill that has passed the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee could end door-to-door delivery. The bill, titled H.R. 4670, would remove 15 million addresses with direct delivery in favor of curbside mailboxes. These locations would allow USPS worker to drop off mail for several addresses at a single location and could save the company $2 billion a year, reports The Consumerist.
The bill sounds like a solid plan, but it does have legislators against it. These legislators claim that the change would cause additional stress to consumers and that it won’t work in areas without much sidewalk space. There would also be exceptions for those with disabilities that couldn’t easily leave their homes, The Consumerist notes.
“What really is at stake here is the future viability of the U.S. Postal Service and both sides are going to have to give in some to preserve the one service that all Americans appreciate,” Rep. William Lacy Clay told Direct Marketing News. “We have to grow up and see that both sides have to give, or you’ll begin to see the collapse of the USPS and it will be on all of us.”
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