Senators Heitkamp, McCaskill, Tester, and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) on July 9 proposed the Rural Postal Act, a bill that aims to improve postal service, delivery times, and standards in rural communities that have been disproportionately affected by cuts to the Postal Service. The bill seeks to return service standards to level achieved prior to consolidation.
For example, it would mean overnight delivery of most First Class Mail, a faster Class Mail standard for items requiring more time for delivery, making six-day delivery permanent, and enacting tougher standards that the Postal Service would have to meet before closing a post office to ensure that rural communities are served sufficiently in light of available alternatives.
The senators also participated in a bipartisan roundtable on rural postal issues to raise awareness about the critical role of the Postal Service for rural communities and to urge action on the part of both the Postal Service and their colleagues in Congress. A second roundtable on Postal Service to adapt to changes in technology in a way that takes into account the needs of smaller cities, towns, and rural communities.