Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR), released the following statement today after learning of the U.S. Postal Service's plan to end Saturday delivery.
"Since my election to Congress I have fought to keep postal service for rural America. In 2011, I introduced the Protecting Our Rural Post Offices Act. The bill would prohibit the Postal Service from closing a rural post office if there is not another office within 8 miles with the goal of ensuring rural Americans have access to postal services.
"Everyone agrees the Postal Service must cut costs. However, ending Saturday delivery is not the best option and would hurt my rural constituents. The Postal Service needs to look for ways to streamline services and overhead costs instead of cutting services. Executives should not be receiving bonuses when the Postal Service is in financial trouble. Access to reliable postal service is the lifeline my rural constituents rely on for medical deliveries, their social security benefits and business needs. Democrats and Republicans need to come together to pass a reform bill that protects rural Americans' access to mail services.
Congressman Rick Crawford represents Arkansas's First Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. Crawford serves on the Agriculture Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. On the Agriculture Committee, Crawford is Chairman of the Livestock, Rural Development and Credit Subcommittee. Congressman Crawford and his wife Stacy live in Jonesboro with their two children.