Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-3) today applauded the United States Postal Service's announcement that the Wallingford processing center would remain open until at least 2014. Last week USPS announced the Kilby, Amity and Westville post offices will also remain open.
"I am pleased that the USPS has decided not to consolidate the Wallingford processing center until at least 2014 and is preserving three post offices in the Third District that were in danger of closing. However, this does not mean we can rest easy and think everything will be all right in the future. USPS still has dire financial problems and if Congress does not act swiftly to address them, we will only see jobs lost and facilities closed. We must pass a reform bill that creates a financially sound future for USPS and ensures our postal workers are not punished for the changing economy. If we do not act, Wallingford and the three post offices could still be closed in the future and we must not let that happen."
Last week DeLauro joined with over 100 of her colleagues to ask Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to keep facilities open until Congress passes a bill addressing the Postal Service's financial problems. The Congresswoman is a cosponsor of the USPS Pension Obligation Recalculation and Restoration Act of 2011, which would remove the retiree benefits pre-funding burden from USPS and transfer the billions in overcharges back to the Postal Service.