Today, Congressman Sires along with 107 of his colleagues in the House of Representatives sent a letter to United States Post Master General, Patrick Donahoe, asking that post office closures be delayed until Congress passes legislation to reform the United States Postal Service (USPS).
"Congress must pass legislation before any decision is made regarding USPS facilities" said Congressman Sires. "Any decision made prior to Congressional legislation undermines Congressional authority and jeopardizes thousands of jobs. The postal service affects the lives my constituents on the Thirteenth Congressional District and every American across our nation. Any decision must be made with careful consideration."
In 2011, the USPS announced that in order to address financial difficulties it would study 3,653 post offices around the country for possible closure. Any decisions regarding closures were to be announced on May 15, 2012. Recently, the Senate passed S. 1789, the 21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012, and the House of Representatives is considering postal legislation.
"It is imperative that we find a solution to preserve six day service and the timely, dependable service Americans rely on. It is my hope that in the coming months, my colleagues and I in Congress create a plan that is in the best interest of the USPS and our nation."