Rand Paul Suggests Mail Delivery Two Days A Week For Some Rural Customers, Instead Of Six

Louis DeJoy, Donald Trump’s Postmaster General, testified Friday in front of a Senate panel about changes that have been made to the United States Postal Service that make the system less efficient and reliable. He’ll testify again Monday before a House panel. For Friday’s testimony, many of DeJoy’s questioners were quite sympathetic, apologizing to him for the allegation that he, on Trump’s behalf, could be deliberately sabotaging mail service to prevent the use of mail-in ballots, which Trump has said will hurt his re-election chances. One particularly sympathetic voice was that of Rand Paul, who suggested that the Post Office, in fact, does too much, and should consider cutting service to two days a week for some customers.

Rand Paul says rural areas could have mail two days a week
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The full day’s video is below, and pressing play should start at the 1-hour 26-minute mark, as Rand Paul takes his turn. He starts by thanking DeJoy for taking “an often thankless job full of partisan rancor,” then dives into his own ideas for reform. A partial, lightly edited transcript of some of Paul’s comments follows below the video.

We’ve got to go to less employees over time. We also need to look at — the easiest way to continue personalized service to each person individually at their house would be to do it less frequently, and frankly, people who live 20 miles down a shell road, if you told them they were gonna get it twice a week versus six times a week, I think we’d actually live with this. I grew up in a town of 13,000 people. I still live in a small town. I really think people could live with that.

From there, he asked DeJoy what he would do differently if the Post Office was a business rather than a government entity, and he wasn’t restricted by “governmental or legal restraints” on his options. DeJoy discussed the possibility of more pricing freedom, and schedule control.

Without addressing DeJoy’s actual answers, Paul doubled down on his previous suggestion.

I think you should go further, and instead of assessing people more of a postal charge if they live 20 miles down a dirt road, simply just have less frequent delivery. I think that alone would be tolerable. They’d still have personal service but it would be less frequent. And I think you can make up for a large amount of your shortfall if you went actually below five days for some very rural areas.

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