Coburn Statement on USPS Board of Governors Decision to Back Away From Modified Delivery

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following statement in response to the announcement from the United States Postal Service Board of Governors that it has reversed direction in pursing modified Saturday delivery:

“It is unfortunate the USPS Board of Governors has reversed course and further delayed structural reforms that are needed to ensure the solvency and longevity of the postal service,” Dr. Coburn said.  “Turning away from previous plans to institute a modified Saturday delivery significantly stalls any momentum Postal officials were building to responsibly manage their operation.  Instead, Postal Officials have succumbed to parochial-minded micromanagers in Congress.  We need one postmaster, not 536.”

“This reversal cannot continue forever due to the changing business model of mail services.  Nevertheless, I look forward to working further with the Postal Service on comprehensive reform that will protect taxpayers and ensure fiscal solvency of the organization.”