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Rep. Engel: Extend the Moratorium on Post Office Closings

Rep. Engel calls for an extension of the moratorium beyond May 15 delaying any closing of local post offices.

Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) joined with House colleagues in a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe asking him to delay any closing of local post offices beyond the end of the moratorium on May 15.  This will enable Congress to complete legislation preventing closings. The Post Office ended its fiscal year with a $5.1 billion loss. 

Rep. Engel said that the Senate has already passed a bill, the 21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012 (S. 1789), which intends to put the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) on a path to sustainability. Rep. Engel said, “It would be wrong for of the Postal Service to close any facilities until Congress completes legislation on this critical issue.

“With the end of the moratorium on closures and consolidations of postal facilities and mail processing centers rapidly approaching, thousands of jobs around the country are at risk. The Senate has acted, but the full House has yet to take up any legislation.”

Last fall, the Postal Service announced its plan to eliminate its overnight delivery standard, and replace it with a 2-3 day delivery standard. In addition, the Postal Service has proposed reducing mail service from six to five days, giving away a key competitive advantage of the USPS. Last summer, Members of Congress were informed of the numerous post offices and mail processing facilities under study for closure or consolidation.

 

In the letter to Donahoe, the House members noted the cost saving measures in the Senate bill that warrant consideration, including access to $11 billion that USPS overpaid into federal retirement accounts. In addition, the bill would reduce the amount of money that USPS has to prefund for retiree health benefits by amortizing the costs over 40 years and re-calculating those costs more appropriately. Finally, the bill would allow the postal service to provide additional services, creating more opportunity for additional revenue.

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Tony T May 19, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Engel is a fool, if the Democrat' even do this how will we ever cut the anything any where. NO NEW TAXES. Even you can uderstand Mr. Engel!!
Bob Zahm May 19, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Might it not be easier on the tax payer's wallet if the postal service was simply privatized? Get the US Gov't out of the way so that the post office can set its own prices, decide where it wants outlets, etc? Of course, that might upset some congress people when their local office is closed, but it would permit a long-term sustainable postal service to appear.
JJ May 19, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Engel is playing the political card here; remember that come election time. Where do we get these fools from?
EngelGetLost May 20, 2012 at 05:38 AM
The post office should be open 4 days a week max, along with all state offices. Engel, best of luck selling insurance. Who the hell elects these mooks.
Mike May 20, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Engel is a prime example of why Congress does not work. He is an idiot.

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