If nothing else, the U.S. Postal Service is successfully drawing Congress’ attention to its financial plight–just not in the way that USPS leaders might prefer.
The latest evidence: 20 senators today called for a six-month freeze on any closings of rural post offices or mail processing facilities.
“While some of these changes may be needed, we believe that it is very important to give Congress the opportunity to reform the Postal Service in a way that protects universal service while ensuring its financial viability for decades to come,” the group wrote in a joint letter to Senate leaders.
They are asking that the freeze be included in the next appropriations bill, presumably a reference to the catch-all fiscal 2012 spending measure that could come up for a vote next week. The signers were almost all Democrats, joined by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.
In case anyone out there has forgotten, the Postal Service is studying more than 3,600 post offices and 252 processing plants for closure as part of a drive to cut billions of dollars in annual operating expenses.