AUGMENT US POSTAL SERVICE IN PUERTO RICO TO AID RECOVERY AFTER HURRICANE MARIA
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Whereas, the US Census Bureau in 2011 reported that 4.9 million Puerto Ricans live in the Continental United States (CONUS) and, of those, 2.9 million are between the ages 18 and 64.
Whereas, Puerto Rico is part of the United States Postal Service (USPS) jurisdiction and cost of shipping ONE PRIORITY MAIL LARGE FLAT RATE BOX to Puerto Rico is $16.88. The box, without being deformed, could carry up to 70 pounds of emergency relief necessities.
Whereas, if 2 million of these Americans of Puerto Rican descent mailed to Puerto Rico ONE PRIORITY MAIL LARGE FLAT RATE BOX this would represent 2 million boxes carrying up to 140,000,000 pounds of provisions.
Whereas, us here in the CONUS, together with the USPS (an independent establishment of the Executive Branch of the Government of the United States), could make a difference like no other to help our fellow US citizens in the Islands to recover from the effects from Hurricane Maria.
Whereas, to make this possible the USPS would have to move mail and parcels to Puerto Rico, and once it gets there it needs to be sorted and distributed. To fuel their fleet and to provide them security, the USPS would need the support of the Emergency Relief Command and FEMA. The USPS may also need assistance from postal personnel deployed from CONUS or contractors, to replace local staff that due to personal situation cannot report to duty.
Whereas, an effort like the one described here would make the USPS the largest humanitarian force in the Island, rolling out every day to bring aid to the people.
Whereas, the USPS mission statement reads “The Postal Service shall have as its basic function the obligation to provide postal services to bind the Nation together through the personal, educational, literary, and business correspondence of the people. It shall provide prompt, reliable, and efficient services to patrons in all areas and shall render postal services to all communities.”
Whereas, it is now time to demonstrate how “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”.
Now, therefore, we who sign this, petition the President of the United States and the Postmaster General to use their authority and all the resources at their disposal to augment the USPS capabilities in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands while these territories of the United States recover from the devastation left behind by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
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