Today, Congressman Gene Green spoke out on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in opposition of the United States Postal Service's decision to close the Irvington Post Office at 7825 Fulton Street in Houston, on April 30, 2013:
"I rise to voice my frustration and disappointment with the Postal Service's decision to close the Irvington Station Post Office that serves zip code 77022 in Houston, Texas.
This post office is highly valued in our district and has served residents of the Northside area for 50 years. The Postal Service announced that the Irvington office will be demolished, despite the fact that the agency has failed to ensure that local residents will still have access to essential mail services.
The Irvington office's lease is expiring, and instead of finding a new location nearby or moving retail operations into the Northline Commons area as a compromise, the Postal Service has chosen to close the office. I contacted and met with postal officials without success.
Moving forward with the closure is irresponsible and undermines the integrity of the agency. The people living in and around the 77022 zip code will not have the same access to postal services as everyone else.
I understand the Postal Service's budget constraints and support reforming the agency. However, maintaining a presence in the area makes smart business sense for the Postal Service and fulfills a need in this re-vitalized community.
The Postal Service is losing customers and friends who have supported it."