Bipartisan group of Senators demands delay in USPS plant consolidations

WASHINGTON – Missouri U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt, along with a bipartisan group of Senate colleagues, today demanded a delay in the planned consolidation of up to 82 U.S. Postal Service (USPS) mail processing facilities after the USPS Inspector General found the Postal Service failed to fulfil its obligations to adequately study the impact of the consolidations, and failed to inform the public of those impacts.

“We strongly urge the USPS to delay implementation of any mail processing consolidations until feasibility studies are completed and there has been adequate time for public comment and consideration of those comments,” the Senators wrote. “Completed feasibility studies should include service standard impacts worksheets based on the revised service standards expected to be published on January 5, 2015. There is no reason that the USPS cannot delay its consolidations to provide time for the public to see and comment on the service standard worksheets. It is only fair to allow the process to unfold in this way, and the USPS gains little by deciding to continue the consolidation process on its current, arbitrary timeline.”

The letter, available HERE, was also signed by Senators Tim Johnson of South Dakota, Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut, Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken of Minnesota, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota,  Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer of California, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden of Oregon, Maria Cantwell of Washington, Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Jon Tester and John Walsh of Montana, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, and Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

  • Tony

    Far too many Americans still rely on the Postal Service at this time in our history to allow it to fail. I agree it is not as critical as 30 years ago, but take it away and good bye economy! Stability in product pricing versus Fed Ex stores and UPS… Go ahead visit one of them and see what they charge for a damn fax, to start! $ 1.59 per page!! Keep attacking the Postal Service, but you will all be sorry when it costs more to send a payment than what the payment is!

  • DaPhantomMailman

    Amen brother!

  • fred

    This so called bi-partisan group of senators is almost exclusively Democrat and many of them are lame ducks. There are thirty names on this letter. Newsflash! There are 100 U.S. Senators! Apparently the other 70 are comfortable with increasing efficiency in the Postal Service and closing underused processing facilities.

  • Dennis

    Apparently we have different definitions of efficiency. I don’t believe taking two days to deliver what once took one day is being more efficient.