Restoring the U.S. Postal Service should be a priority for Congress

When Americans were recently polled about various public institutions, the winner was rated favorably by 91 percent. Here’s a hint: it wasn’t the U.S. Congress.

The top-rated institution was the U.S. Postal Service — a critical public amenity even older than our country. It’s easy to understand why that service is held in such high regard. Through good times and bad, in all sorts of weather, Americans could rely on the mail.

The recent decline of the Postal Service is not the fault of the individual letter carriers who do their job well — even during the pandemic. Instead, it’s the fault of top management, which has made some terrible decisions. That’s why I’ve introduced legislation to reverse these bad choices and restore the mail service on which millions of Americans depend.

During my two terms in Congress, no issue has brought more complaints than the recent downturn in mail service. Since last year, I’ve received more than 1,000 emails, texts and phone calls from constituents concerned about the late and missing delivery of their mail.


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Raja Krishnamoorthi makes some important points, but he makes one glaring mistake. There are tens of thousands of postal workers, who are essential workers, who risked their health and safety during the pandemic to make sure that people received their mail in an efficient and timely manner, who are not letter carriers. These postal workers are responsible for sorting and transporting the mail and servicing people 30,000 post offices. The letter carriers could not get people their mail without the contributions of all postal workers. And these postal workers have to deal with the same regressive postal management that the… Read more »