Lieberman: “no mail processing centers will be closed this year”?

Senator Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Senate committee that oversees the US Postal Service, released a statement yesterday that appears to contradict what the USPS announced earlier in the day. Lieberman says that the PMG has given assurances that “no mail processing centers will be closed this year”- while the USPS has released a list of 48 facilities that it plans to begin “consolidating” (postalspeak for “closing”) this summer.

So did Joe not get the memo yesterday?

Possibly, but more likely Joe simply forgot to add the qualifier “in Connecticut”. Because, of course, no plants in the home state of the Chairman (or of the Ranking Member, Susan Collins of Maine) are on the list- now wasn’t that a lucky coincidence??

WASHINGTON – Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., Thursday issued the following statement in reaction to the U.S. Postal Service announcement that it would delay closing mail processing plants until 2013.

“I appreciate that the Postal Service is moving forward with its downsizing in a way that is consistent with the Senate-passed 21st Century Postal Service Act. The PMG assures us that no mail processing centers will be closed this year, which means the House still has time to pass a bill so it can be reconciled with the Senate-passed bill. While the PMG is moving cautiously now, the financial condition of the Postal Service continues to deteriorate, and he will not be similarly restrained next year. Congress must approve legislation as soon as possible to return the postal service to solid financial ground before essential services are lost for millions of people.”