Today, Congressman Sires joined his colleagues in the House of Representatives in sending a letter to United States Postal Service (USPS) Post Master General Patrick Donahue. The letter, to object to the proposal to slow first-class service and close processing centers, was lead by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN).
"The Post Office plays a vital role in our community, providing affordable and reliable service that many citizens and businesses depend on" said Congressman Sires. "Reducing service will disproportionately affect millions of Americans and cut thousands of jobs."
On December 5, 2011, the United States Postal Service announced that in attempt to reduce costs it would move forward with plans to change service standards, eliminating next day service. For the first time in 40 years, next day service will no longer be offered for first-class mail. Previously, on September 15, 2011, the USPS revealed plans that it would begin studying 252 out of 487 mail processing facilities for possible closure. USPS facilities in the 13th District likely to face closure include the Kearny Logistics and Distribution Center.
"Eliminating next day service will place an unfair burden on those who depend on the USPS for access to everything from medications to Social Security checks" said Sires.