Two of Missouri’s congressmen have teamed up to blast the rate hikes the U.S. Postal Service just implemented.

Northern Missouri Republican Sam Graves and Kansas City Democrat Emanuel Cleaver last week called on the postal service to halt the rate hikes, which didn’t happen. The new higher rates took effect Sunday, which included a two-cent hike in the price of a first-class stamp to 68 cents. Priority Mail services have also increased by 5.7%, Priority Mail Express has gone up by 5.9%, and Ground Advantage services are up by 5.4%.

Cleaver, Graves, and 17 other members of Congress sent a letter to the USPS Board of Governors, asking it to intervene in the postal service’s current plan of twice-per-year rate hikes. The two Missouri congressman also criticized the postal service last year for delays in mail delivery in western portions of the state.

In a statement, the postal service said the rate increases were necessary due to inflation and to a “previously defective pricing model” and that the rates “remain among the most affordable in the world.”

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