Today, Congressman Steve Pearce issued the following statement after the United States Postal Service (USPS) announced that they will not seek to close rural post offices, but instead reduce hours at some locations:
"This is great day for our rural New Mexico communities," said Pearce. "Local rural voices across southern New Mexico deserve the credit for holding Washington's feet to the fire. I am proud to have stood with them in this fight, and I am pleased with the outcome. Closing facilities would have negatively impacted local communities and businesses, and our rural communities should not be saddled with carrying the weight of knee-jerk reactions to systematic mismanagement by the Postal Service. I hope that USPS will continue to look at long term structural and financial solutions that do not place rural areas as an across-the-board target. Their decision to keep these facilities open benefits many across New Mexico's Second Congressional District, and I will continue to fight for the well being of those in our local communities."