Rep. Susan Davis Pushes to Protect Door Delivery of Mail
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) is leading a bipartisan effort in Congress to ensure that door delivery continues to be a cornerstone of the postal process. As Congress considers postal reform legislation, Davis called on those crafting the reform proposal to keep door delivery, a key service for both residential and business customers.
“Proposals to reduce door delivery are not good for postal customers, businesses or the Postal Service in the long run,” said Rep. Davis. “My constituents who are forced to use cluster boxes report all kinds of problems with them. My constituents with door delivery are very vocal about wanting to keep this critical service. Ending door delivery would hit seniors and people with disabilities especially hard.”
In a letter to the House Committee on Oversight and Government reform, Davis and Reps. Peter King (R-NY) and David Joyce (R-OH) highlighted the strong bipartisan support for maintaining door delivery. They are the lead sponsors of the bipartisan H. Res. 28, which has 200 cosponsors, urging the continuation of door delivery. The cosponsors come from urban, rural and suburban districts all of which benefit from door delivery for both similar and different reasons.
If door delivery of mail is reduced, residents would be forced to pick up their mail at shared cluster boxes, many of which are in unsecure locations, poorly maintained and far from people’s homes.
Seniors and people with disabilities would be most hurt by the forced adoption of cluster boxes especially for getting their prescriptions. Studies have shown 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.
In many neighborhoods, there is simply no suitable location for a cluster box. Many residents do not want a cluster box on their yard because it can create noise and trash.
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.