US Rep. MacArthur insists USPS end surprise rate spike; seeks House oversight investigation

U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) has taken a stand against unanticipated postal rate increases on behalf of non-profit organizations that send care packages to American service members deployed overseas.

Rep. MacArthur sent two letters on Feb. 5 seeking solutions to United States Postal Service (USPS) rate increases, which his office said have resulted from consolidation of postal centers that process APO/FPO military mail and subsequently created an increased financial burden for nonprofits that ship military care packages abroad. By consolidating five processing facilities located throughout the country into one located in Chicago, the USPS is in effect increasing the total amount nonprofits pay to send packages to troops overseas by increasing the initial domestic shipping distance and cost.

“I ask that the USPS reverse these rate changes so that nonprofit organizations can continue their efforts to support our military overseas,” MacArthur wrote in one letter to Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan and USPS Postal Regulatory Commission Chairman Robert G. Taub.

“Some nonprofits, such as Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey, will see a drastic increase in postage costs that will severely limit the number of packages they can afford to ship,” MacArthur wrote, noting such packages provide needed comforts and morale boosters for U.S. service members.

While nonprofits appreciate that postal rates need cyclic modifications to sustain finances at the USPS, the congressman wrote, “significant increases such as this, without advanced notice, have harmed their ability to provide this valuable service to the members of our Armed Forces.”


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translates into”as a paid corrupt flunky for the big mailers i am appalled at usps trying to raise costs up to the break even point as required by laws, i want usps to give all of my donors a huge cost break, so that they can mail for free, and that will make america GRATE again ; thank you and my staff will be here the rest of the day to accept checks or cash from the mailers, “

I propose that a committee be appointed to investigate sudden and “unexpected ” work increases immediately following mail count.