WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill has requested the postponement of all Postal Service mail processing facility closings and consolidations through the end of the 2016 fiscal year. In a letter to the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate’s Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee—which has jurisdiction over certain aspects of Postal Service financing—McCaskill and several colleagues outlined a one-year moratorium on postal closings that would enable Congress to enact comprehensive postal reform, allowing the Postal Service to save jobs and continue to run efficiently in rural areas.
“As you are aware, USPS faces many serious challenges,” the Senators wrote in their letter. “A number of reform proposals have been introduced in both the Senate and House to address these challenges in previous years, but the Congress has yet to enact legislation. In the interim, a one-year moratorium will provide Congress the time it needs to enact comprehensive postal reforms that will allow the Postal Service to run more efficiently.”
McCaskill, along with fellow Missouri Senator Roy Blunt and a bipartisan group of Senate colleagues, recently demanded a delay in the planned consolidation of up to 82 U.S. Postal Service mail processing facilities after the 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. Those consolidations would affect 15,000 Postal Service jobs in 37 different states, including Missouri, as well as the millions of Americans who count on the reliability of the Postal Service.
The letter continues: “Slowing down mail delivery hurts America’s senior citizens on fixed incomes, affects the bottom line for small businesses, and dramatically affects the quality of life of rural Americans. This is simply unacceptable. Without Congressional compromise, the Postal Service will continue to confront drastic changes to its operations, thereby slowing service to millions of Americans who rely on it.”
McCaskill, who was born in Rolla, Mo. and has led the charge to save rural post offices and preserve postal delivery standards, recently discussed the urgent need for comprehensive Postal Service reform, which would help protect delivery service for Missourians in rural communities, saying it is “essential to rural America.”
The letter was also signed by Senators Jon Tester of Montana, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin. A copy of the letter can be found HERE.