Democrats have dismissed a proposal by House Republicans to end Saturday mail delivery and make other changes at the U.S. Post Office in order to come up with money to shore up the Highway Trust Fund.
Without an infusion of cash from Congress, the trust fund is expected to be insolvent by late July or early August.
The chairwoman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), called the Republican proposal “strange,” saying it would help the fund for only a few months by cutting back mail delivers to American households.
Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), chairman of EPW’s Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, labeled the idea a “non-starter.”
The House’s Republican leaders, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said in a May 30 memo to their members that by discontinuing most Saturday delivery, except for such things as medicine, Congress would have enough money to shore up the trust fund.