While delivering the mail on my route, my patrons ask why I have not been furloughed during the government shutdown. I explain that the U.S. Postal Service is off budget and does not use taxpayer funds. The 46 cents for postage on a first-class letter is enough to keep the mail trucks on the road.
Our patrons depend on us to deliver their cards and letters (as well as the popular flat rate boxes) across America six days a week. So why is Congress calling for Fresno's mail-processing plant to close, ceasing door-to-door delivery to homes and businesses, and eliminating Saturday mail delivery ? A law passed by Congress in 2006 mandates that the USPS pre-fund future retiree health care benefits, $50 billion so far. There are bills in the House and Senate -- HR 30, HR 630, HR 961 and S 316 -- which would maintain six-day delivery and eliminate the mandate.
We need to get those furloughed back to work. The USPS uses no taxpayer funds to operate the best mail delivery system in the world. Let's keep it that way.