Chairman Carper Statement on USPS Announcement Regarding Sunday Package Delivery

WASHINGTON – Today, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) released the following reaction to the U.S. Postal Service’s announcement that it will deliver packages seven days a week through a new partnership with Amazon:

“This announcement by the U.S. Postal Service is a clear example of the innovative solutions that the agency needs to adopt in order to survive and thrive in the 21st century. Partnering with Amazon for Sunday package delivery offers a great deal of promise.  It will allow both Amazon and the Postal Service to better serve their customers and has the potential to boost the ailing Postal Service’s bottom line.  It might also encourage other companies to pursue similar agreements with the Postal Service, creating even more opportunities for growth. I look forward to learning more about this new agreement and how it will impact the Postal Service’s ongoing challenge to cut costs while increasing revenue. Ultimately, Congress must give the Postal Service the tools, resources, and flexibility it needs so it can right its financial ship and continue to implement forward-thinking ideas like this one. That’s why I continue to work with Dr. Coburn and our colleagues on our bipartisan postal reform bill that will make the necessary changes to ensure the Postal Service is competitive in an era of digital communication and can continue to serve the American public for years to come.”