Last week, for the first time in its history, the U.S. Postal Service defaulted on its payments and we learned that it lost $5.2 billion in this most recent quarter. In order to account for the remaining $115 billion shortfall, the Postal Service has asked that Congress enact legislation to alter current postal law in order to give the Postal Service more financial flexibility to better tackle its mounting losses. Unfortunately, Congress did not act and the Postal Services subsequently missed its August 1st payment responsibilities.
Postal reform was one of several important issues that Congress failed to address before leaving for the August district work period, along with a comprehensive jobs package, reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, and extending middle class tax cuts, which you can read more about below. While I always value the time that I am able to spend in our district, I was disappointed that Congress recessed for the month of August before addressing these important issues and I voted against adjourning for the month.
I have spent a busy week traveling across the District meeting with constituents. Some of the highlights included celebrating both National Farmers Market Week and National Community Health Centers Week with visits to Westford, Lowell, and Lawrence. I also participated in a groundbreaking in Littleton for a project that is expected to bring new jobs to the region and makes much needed infrastructure improvements to the I-119 /I-495 Interchange. I also met with our two outstanding National Historical Park Superintendents, Celeste Bernardo at Lowell National Historical Park and Nancy Nelson at Minute Man National Historical Park for "State of the Park" updates. These updates are very valuable to me in my role on the House National Parks Subcommittee.
As the Olympics comes to a close this weekend in London, I want to congratulate all of our Fifth District Olympians for making us so proud as they competed at the London Olympics. We are very fortunate to count some of our own among the best athletes in the world.
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