With the United States Postal Service already beginning to phase out of door delivery of mail, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA) introduced a bipartisan House Resolution stressing that door delivery must not end. Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) joined Davis as lead cosponsors of H. Res 711.
“Proposals to end all door delivery are not good for postal customers, businesses or the Postal Service in the long run,” said Rep. Davis. “My constituents who have 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 and I support them.”
Postal reform efforts in both the House and the Senate call for the elimination of door delivery over the next six years. Instead of getting mail at their door, 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 be hurt by the forced adoption of cluster boxes especially for getting their prescriptions.
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.
Proposed postal legislation does have a few exceptions to the elimination of door delivery including a way for postal customers to pay a “delivery fee” to get mail at their door.
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.
As postal reform moves forward in Congress, the bipartisan Davis Resolution would put the House on record as supporting the continuation of door-to-door delivery of our mail.