Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04), today released the following statement after introducing H.R. 3744, the Rural Service Preservation Act in the United States House of Representatives:
"As the United States Postal Service's financial picture continues to grow dim and options of reform are being discussed, I along with so many across the nation are increasingly concerned about the prospect of the postal service ending delivery to rural regions," said Aderholt.
"As the postal service looks for reform and cost-cutting solutions, I believe rural Americans should not be singled out for postal cuts. To make sure that does not happen, I've introduced legislation that would ensure rural delivery continues and directs the postal service not to target rural postal employees for buy-out retirements."
"This legislation is vital to the many rural communities of North Alabama and elsewhere across the country. I hope that my colleagues join me in recognizing the importance of this issue to America's rural regions and support H.R. 3744," concluded Aderholt.
Details of H.R. 3744
Ensures that the current level of postal delivery service continue for five years from enactment.
Requires any buy-out used to cut workforce of postal employees be apportioned 10% rural 90% urban.
Requires that any postal office closures also be made in the same 10% rural, 90% urban differential.
Defines rural areas with reference to the most recent decennial census and definitions of "rural" from the 2002 and 2008 Farm bills.
Aderholt currently serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security for the powerful House Appropriations Committee, is a member of the Committee's Commerce, Justice and Science; and Agriculture Subcommittees, and also serves on the Helsinki Commission.