Congress considers legislation ending door-to-door United States Postal Service delivery

(WXYZ) - Congress will consider legislation Wednesday that could end door-to-door postal service delivery for newly built homes.

The effort is designed to cut costs of the United States Postal Service. Phasing out door-to-door delivery could save the agency up to $4.5 billion per year.

The change will affect newly built homes. Under the proposal, mail would not be delivered directly to resident's doors but instead dropped off to curb or neighborhood cluster boxes.

This cost-saving plan could affect about 37 million people and businesses.

Right now, door-to-door delivery costs the postal service about $353 per address each year. The move to curbside delivery would lower that cost to $224. Cluster boxes would be cheaper still at $160 per year.

Congress is also considering implementing a similar plan that would affect existing houses. It's unclear if delivery directly to the door would be eliminated entirely.

The legislation will be considered today by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

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