In light of last week's USPS announcement that
it would be moving to a five-day delivery schedule, U.S. Rep. Tammy
Duckworth (D, IL-8) sent a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe asking
that the Post Office continue delivering medications to all Americans
six days a week.
“Whether it is a homebound senior that cannot
walk or drive to the pharmacy, or a Veteran who lives in a rural area
with limited access to the prescription drugs they need, many of these
home delivery beneficiaries cannot afford to go without their
medications for days,” said Duckworth in a statement.
opens with, "On behalf of the undersigned Members of Congress, I would
like to express our concern with your recent announcement to end the
United States Postal Service’s tradition of six-day mail delivery and
its effect on the growing population of seniors, servicemen and women,
Veterans, and disabled Americans that rely on home delivery of their
prescription drugs. Some of us are opposed to the new 5-day delivery
schedule, others have welcomed it; regardless, all of us want to ensure
that our constituents will be able to receive the medications that they
depend on, in a timely manner."
Eighty-five members of the House of Representatives signed Congresswoman Duckworth’s bipartisan letter.