DeLauro Leads Bipartisan Effort to Delay Postal Processing Facility Closures

Asks Postmaster General to Stand by Original Commitment

 

WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) today asked Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to stand by his original commitment and keep postal processing facilities open until next spring. In late March, the Postal Service unilaterally decided to accelerate closure of about 50 mail processing facilities ahead of schedule.

 

Forty-six other members of congress joined DeLauro in detailing the harm Donahoe’s decision will have on their local economies. DeLauro advocates a comprehensive approach to postal reform that ensures the Postal Service can stay financially solvent for many years to come.

 

“We urge you to recognize the disastrous impact that the elimination of overnight delivery standards and closings of Area Mail Processing Centers and other facilities across the country would have on local and national unemployment,” the bipartisan group of members wrote. “The USPS is a major employer around the country and employs over 500,000 workers. With an unacceptably high unemployment rate, it would be particularly inopportune for the USPS to close facilities.”

 

The full letter is as follows:

 

Patrick R. Donahoe

Postmaster General

United States Postal Service

475 L’Enfant Plaza SW

Washington, DC 20260

 

Dear Postmaster General Donahoe,

 

We write to urge you to maintain operations at all mail processing facilities as originally reported to allow Congress to take action on postal reform legislation. We believe it would be imprudent of the United States Postal Service (USPS) to close or eliminate processing of mail, at any facility, ahead of schedule as installations were committed to remain intact until spring 2014.

 

We understand that the USPS cannot sustain itself under its current system, and we agree it is up to Congress to act. However, management's unilateral decision to advance the closing of mail processing centers around the nation would severely limit Congress’ ability to take action.

 

In addition, we urge you to recognize the disastrous impact that the elimination of overnight delivery standards and closings of Area Mail Processing Centers and other facilities across the country would have on local and national unemployment. The USPS is a major employer around the country and employs over 500,000 workers. With an unacceptably high unemployment rate, it would be particularly inopportune for the USPS to close facilities.

 

Again, we urge you to follow through on your original time frame to allow Congress time to develop comprehensive postal reform legislation that would take meaningful steps to create a financially sound future for the USPS, while leaving intact the important services Americans rely on and expect.  It is critically important the postal service not preempt Congressional action by unilaterally moving forward with elimination of overnight delivery, allowing for major shutdowns across the country of mail processing facilities.

 

Thank you for your consideration of this critical issue.  We look forward to continuing our work to create a more stable fiscal future for the USPS while also upholding this essential service for our communities, states, and the country.

 

Sincerely,

 

Rosa L. DeLauro                    

James P. McGovern               

Raúl M. Grijalva              

Janice Hahn

Peter DeFazio                        

Bobby L. Rush                         

Brian Higgins                         

Albio Sires

Mo Brooks                             

Elizabeth Esty                          

Tim Ryan                                

Jim Himes

G.K. Butterfield                     

Allyson Y. Schwartz                

Sanford D. Bishop, Jr.         

Ron Barber

Edward J. Markey                 

Alcee L. Hastings                    

Earl Blumenauer                  

Adam B. Schiff

Robert C. "Bobby" Scott      

Donald Payne, Jr.                   

Barbara Lee                           

William Keating

Loretta Sanchez                     

Sam Farr                                  

Carolyn B. Maloney              

Terri Sewell

Hank Johnson                        

Bill Pascrell, Jr.                        

Maxine Waters                     

Betty McCollum

Tony Cárdenas                     

Juan Vargas                             

Jared Huffman                      

Steve Cohen

Donna Edwards                     

Marc Veasey                           

Michael H. Michaud            

Niki Tsongas

Judy Chu                                 

Yvette D. Clarke                      

Jan Schakowsky                    

Peter Welch

Gary Peters                            

Pete P. Gallego

Keith Ellison