Rep. Burchett introduces Easy Access to Mail Act

April 9, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 9, 2019) - Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) introduced H.R. 2158, the Easy Access to Mail Act, to amend title 39, United States Code, to establish rules and procedures for the United States Postal Service regarding the use of centralized delivery of the mail with respect to residential housing units, and for other purposes. 

"After I took office, it was brought to my attention that the U.S. Postal Service is requiring many new housing developments in our area to install cluster mailboxes at a central location rather than individual mailboxes in front of residences," said Rep. Burchett. "Locals should have a voice in what best suits our communities, so I introduced a bill that would enable local entities to work with USPS to determine the type of mailboxes we want in our neighborhoods."

The Easy Access to Mail Act would prohibit USPS from being able to retroactively require home builders to place cluster mailboxes at new housing developments and require one-time approval from the local legislative body. The bill also asks the Postal Regulatory Commission to ensure, through its oversight, that USPS abandon any policy that may disproportionately affect rural, lower income, elderly, disabled, and predominately minority communities across the country.

To see the bill in its entirety, visit https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/2158