I write to urge you to extend the moratorium on post office and mail processing facility closures until after the House of Representatives has a chance to consider comprehensive postal reform legislation and reconcile any differences with the Senate. It is my hope that the same bipartisan cooperation that led to recent Senate passage of S. 1789, the 21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012, will lead members of the House to act quickly to put the United States Postal Service (USPS) on the path to sustainability.
If Congress does not act by May 15, however, more than 220 mail processing facilities, including the Hampden, Maine Eastern Maine Processing and Distribution Center in my district, face closure or consolidation. More than 170 employees at the Hampden plant are at risk of losing their jobs, and all join postal employees across the country that are anxiously waiting to see whether or not congressional action could save their facility.
I am hopeful that House leadership will offer a vote on a reform package before the May 15 deadline. There are, however, grave differences between the legislation advanced by the Senate and the major reform bill likely to be considered by the House, and these will take time to resolve. It is vital that the House and Senate are given the opportunity to act to protect facilities slated for closure.
The USPS touches every community in the nation. Before facilities are closed, Members of Congress must be given adequate time to come to bipartisan consensus on a reform bill that is good for the customers, postal employees, businesses, and the countless other Americans who rely on an efficient United States Postal Service.
With warmest regards,
Michael H. Michaud
Member of Congress