Postmaster General Pat Donahoe may be having his difficulties with Congress, but he can take solace in one fact: Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle still use the mail.
Among the correspondence Donahoe received this week: A Wednesday letter from 43 senators pressing him to extend the U.S. Postal Service’s self-imposed freeze on post office and processing plant closings. That moratorium is currently set to expire May 15; the group of mostly Democratic senators wants the Postal Service to hold off on any closures until Congress approves a comprehensive fix for the mail carrier’s problems.
“We are deeply concerned that the closing of these postal facilities prior to postal reform legislation being enacted would be devastating to communities around the country,” they wrote.
A spokeswoman for the lead signer, Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., confirmed that the letter was sent both by email and regular mail.
The next day brought tidings from three Republican senators who want the downsizing to begin pronto. Despite last week’s Senate passage of a postal bill, “we believe it is very unlikely that both the House and Senate will come to agreement on legislation that reforms the postal system any time soon,” the three wrote, “and strongly encourage you to move forward with the cost-saving changes you have previously outlined.”
That letter went out by email, regular mail and fax, according to an aide to Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who was the lead in that case.
So remember, folks: Whatever your message, all it takes is a stamp.