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House Reintroduces Door Delivery Resolution

Today, Reps. Susan Davis (D-CA), Peter King (R-NY), and David Joyce (R-OH), reintroduced their door delivery resolution for the 116th Congress, calling on the House to take “all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of door delivery for all business and residential customers.”

The resolution, H.Res. 23, is identical to the resolution introduced in the 115th Congress, H. Res. 28, which reached 248 cosponsors, well above the necessary 218 members for a majority of support in the chamber. It is now the third Congress in a row that these supportive lawmakers have introduced this resolution.

As letter carriers know, 40 million businesses and households receive mail directly to their doors six if not seven days a week. The ability to receive packages, letters, bills, and medications at one’s door is a service that is highly preferred by the public and is vital to the economic success of America’s small businesses (who depend on the affordable and reliable service), the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), and the broader $1.4 trillion mailing industry that employs over 7.5 million Americans.

With 248 cosponsors in the previous Congress, door delivery enjoyed a broad bipartisan majority of support. Letter carriers need to be sure this crop of lawmakers understand how important it is and why it needs to be protected.

In the effort to reach another bipartisan majority, NALC encourages all letter carriers to contact their members of Congress to become cosponsors on this resolution.

Click here to find your representative’s phone number.

Click here to see whether your representative co-sponsored this measure in the last Congress.

Letter carriers should note, of the 248 members (187 Democrats and 61 Republicans) who supported door delivery in the 115th Congress, 41 are not returning (including 20 Democrats and 21 Republicans). A deficit of 41 leaves us well below the magic number of 218 that represents a majority of the House.

With such high turnover from the 2019 midterms, many letter carriers’ representatives are one of the 121 freshmen who may need to be educated on our issues. If your Member is a freshman, take the time to research him or her and learn a few things about their background before you reach out.

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