Scott Brown pushes Postal Service reform; beer, wine, centralized delivery

By (Excerpt) December 12, 2011
Mass Live
Massachusetts Senator Scott P. Brown and several colleagues have published an editorial at advocating for a number of reforms to the United States Postal Service outlined in the proposed 21st Century Postal Service Reform Act.

The act would restructure and downsize the Postal Service to adapt to a "rapid exodus from traditional mail to electronic communication," according to the article, which Brown co-authored with Senators Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Tom Carper (D-Del.). Brown, Lieberman, Collins, and Carper are listed as co-authors on the proposed 21st Century Postal Service Act, which was introduced to the Senate on Nov. 2.

Changes made under the bill include "streamlining delivery" to centralized delivery points, and allowing the shipping of beer and wine -- provisions already made by competitors FedEx and UPS.

The bill defines a centralized delivery point as "a group or cluster of mail receptacles at one delivery point that is within reasonable proximity of the street address associated with the delivery point."