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Congressman John Duncan

Representing the 2nd District of Tennessee

Postal Reform

Our freedom and the quality of government service would increase if we elected more people who must answer to their constituents instead of turning over services to unelected bureaucrats.

Many years ago, political control was removed from the Post Office.  Veteran postal employees told me the internal politics became much worse than the external politics ever used to be.

If every county elected its own postmaster, service would improve dramatically, but we could never pass this because politics is still a bad word to too many people.

Today, probably not even 1% of the American people could tell you the name of their local postmaster.

The postal service is also experiencing a financial crisis like at no other time in our history.

Since 2007, it has lost more than $25 billion, and it continues to hemorrhage money.

They are going to have to take some pretty drastic or unusual steps to stop that trend because it obviously just cannot keep going.

The Postal Service needs the freedom to make money any way it can; one idea that I am open to is allowing the Postal Service to advertise, and there are many other creative ways it could generate income.

More on Postal Reform

December 15, 2011 In The News
U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. thinks there may come a day when mail trucks drive around town with advertisements plastered on their sides. Shoppers one day may be able to buy stamps or mail packages at kiosks in big-box stores like Wal-Mart.
December 15, 2009 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) Tuesday announced that the Norwood Branch of the U.S. Postal Service located in Knoxville, Tennessee, has been removed from the U.S. Postal Service’s Candidates for Consolidation (Closure) list.

“I was very pleased to hear the news that the Norwood Post Office is remaining open.  I received many letters, e-mails, and phone calls on this matter, and my staff and I were in close contact with the Postal Service in an effort to keep this facility open for the Norwood community,” Duncan said.

October 30, 2007 Speeches

Washington, DC -- I rise today to urge passage of H.R. 1236, to extend the authority of the U.S. Postal Service to issue a stamp to support breast cancer research.