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Proposal would stop door-to-door mail for millions

First Published May 21 2014 11:22AM      Last Updated May 21 2014 01:27 pm

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. The U.S. Postal Service delivers mail to 11 million more homes, offices and other addresses than it did a decade ago, even as the amount of mail that people in the United States receive has dropped sharply. That combination may be financially dicey, some analysts say. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

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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