Sen. John McCain doesn’t know why the fiscally-strapped United States Postal Service sent him a folio of 2009 commemorative stamps, but he thinks the expenditure is “irresponsible.”
In a Dec. 16 letter to USPS Postmaster General John Potter, McCain said the USPS has no business sending freebies to selected members of Congress while the organization has a $7 billion deficit and wants to close 170 post offices.
Until the Postal Service no longer owes American taxpayers billions of dollars, I request that you refrain from spending limited Postal Service resources on unnecessary items such as engraved albums showcasing commemoratives (sic) stamps for members of Congress and instead focus on moving the Postal Service to fiscal solvency.”
USPS’ response? They planned to end the program all along, said Marie Therese Dominguez, vice president of government relations and public policy, in a Dec. 17 letter to the senator.
Our fiscal reality precludes the continuation of this program, which was intended to highlight the beautiful commemorative stamps issued by the Postal Service each year.”
McCain announced the resolution on his Twitter account, SenJohnMcCain, and said he applauds the USPS’ decision.