FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2013 file photo, U.S. Postal Service letter carrier Jamesa Euler, turns down the flag on a mailbox while delivering mail in the Cabbagetown of Atlanta. A proposal would make it so millions of Americans would no longer get mail delivered to their homes. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
Proposal would stop door-to-door mail for millions
The Associated Press
First Published May 21 2014 11:22 am • Last Updated May 21 2014 01:27 pm
Washington • Millions of Americans would no longer get mail delivered to their door but would go to communal or curbside boxes instead, under a proposed law.
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform debated Wednesday a bill to direct the U.S. Postal Service to convert 1.5 million addresses annually over the next decade to the less costly but less convenient delivery method.
Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts called it "a lousy idea." Other lawmakers said it wouldn’t work in urban areas where there’s no place on city streets to put so-called "cluster boxes" that serve multiple homes.
It’s far short of the comprehensive reform needed to solve the agency’s financial problems, but Republican committee chairman Darrell Issa of California says it’s a common-sense, interim measure to save money.
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