Postal News Roundup
Half of Senate Calls for End to Proposed Postal Cuts - Washington Post
Half of the Senate on Thursday called for a one-year hold on the U.S. Postal Service’s plans to close mail-processing plants, saying the move should come as part of any legislation to avoid another government shutdown. Fifty senators signed a bipartisan letter to top members of the House and Senate appropriations committees opposing USPS plans for closing up to 82 plants and eliminating up to 15,000 jobs starting next year… The Postal Service said in a statement Friday that agency is disappointed by the effort to stop it from removing “excess capacity from our mail processing network.” “It would be unfortunate if this action were to impede our current progress,” the statement said. “A comprehensive legislative package is the most appropriate way to address our systemic business model and financial issues.”
Senators Seek to Block USPS Facility Closures - The Hill
Exactly half of the Senate is calling on Congress to block the U.S. Postal Service from shuttering dozens of processing centers, saying such a move would hurt consumers that rely on the mail. In a letter to appropriators, a bipartisan group of 50 senators said that any deal struck to fund the government this September should place a one-year moratorium on the service’s plans for consolidating its processing network.