(Washington, D.C.) — Today, Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-WI) led a bipartisan letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy requesting he postpone the proposed postal rate increase until January, 2022. This would be the second postal rate increase this year and would outpace the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
Grothman’s letter is co-led by Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA). They are joined by 19 more colleagues: Ron Kind (D-WI), Gwen Moore (D-WI), Tom Tiffany (R-WI), Scott Fitzgerald (R-WI), Ralph Norman (R-SC), Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Jake LaTurner (R-KS), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Frank Lucas (R-OK), Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Brian Babin (R-TX), Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), André Carson (D-IN), Diana Harshbarger (R-TN), Dean Phillips (D-MN), John Moolenaar (R-MI), Buddy Carter (R-GA), and Troy Balderson (R-OH).
“We have heard clearly from employers in our districts and across the nation that a second increase in a single year will be highly disruptive and result in significant job losses and significant reduction in their use of Postal Service mail services. Many of these companies, especially small businesses, cannot afford a second increase, saying such action will reduce revenues and lead to job losses.” Grothman said in the letter. “While we continue to work to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of the Postal Service through legislation, we believe it is vital that the Postal Service not take any action that will weaken its long-term financial success by chasing customers out of the mail market. All Americans depend on the preservation of this essential institution that is meant to be self-sustaining.”
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