Letter to Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General - Postal Reform Legislation

Patrick R. Donahoe

Postmaster General

United States Postal Service

475 L'Enfant Plaza SW

Washington, DC 20260

Dear Postmaster General Donahoe,

We write to urge you to maintain operations at all mail processing facilities as originally reported to allow Congress to take action on postal reform legislation. We believe it would be imprudent of the United States Postal Service (USPS) to close or eliminate processing of mail, at any facility, ahead of schedule as installations were committed to remain intact until spring 2014.

We understand that the USPS cannot sustain itself under its current system, and we agree it is up to Congress to act. However, management's unilateral decision to advance the closing of mail processing centers around the nation would severely limit Congress' ability to take action.

In addition, we urge you to recognize the disastrous impact that the elimination of overnight delivery standards and closings of Area Mail Processing Centers and other facilities across the country would have on local and national unemployment. The USPS is a major employer around the country and employs over 500,000 workers. With an unacceptably high unemployment rate, it would be particularly inopportune for the USPS to close facilities.

Again, we urge you to follow through on your original time frame to allow Congress time to develop comprehensive postal reform legislation that would take meaningful steps to create a financially sound future for the USPS, while leaving intact the important services Americans rely on and expect. It is critically important the postal service not preempt Congressional action by unilaterally moving forward with elimination of overnight delivery, allowing for major shutdowns across the country of mail processing facilities.

Thank you for your consideration of this critical issue. We look forward to continuing our work to create a more stable fiscal future for the USPS while also upholding this essential service for our communities, states, and the country.

Sincerely,

Rosa L. DeLauro

James P. McGovern

Raúl M. Grijalva

Janice Hahn

Peter DeFazio

Bobby L. Rush

Brian Higgins

Albio Sires

Mo Brooks

Elizabeth Esty

Tim Ryan

Jim Himes

G.K. Butterfield

Allyson Y. Schwartz

Sanford D. Bishop, Jr.

Ron Barber

Edward J. Markey

Alcee L. Hastings

Earl Blumenauer

Adam B. Schiff

Robert C. "Bobby" Scott

Donald Payne, Jr.

Barbara Lee

William Keating

Loretta Sanchez

Sam Farr

Carolyn B. Maloney

Terri Sewell

Hank Johnson

Bill Pascrell, Jr.

Maxine Waters

Betty McCollum

Tony Cárdenas

Juan Vargas

Jared Huffman

Steve Cohen

Donna Edwards

Marc Veasey

Michael H. Michaud

Niki Tsongas

Judy Chu

Yvette D. Clarke

Jan Schakowsky

Peter Welch

Gary Peters

Pete P. Gallego

Keith Ellison