I am writing as a deeply concerned citizen regarding the potential closing of many post offices and mail processing centers around the country, especially those in rural areas. I believe it would have a much greater impact on people living in those communities. The decision now rests with Congress as to what actions they would allow the United States Postal Service to take by May 15. In the process of searching this topic, I discovered that two identical Bills were introduced to Congress entitled, “Protecting Rural Post Offices Act of 2011”, which provide that the Postal Service may not close any post office which results in more than 10 miles distance (as measured on roads with year-round access) between any two post offices. One is a Senate Bill (S.1668), which is currently sitting in the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee; and the other is a House Bill (H.R.3592), which is being considered by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Senate Bill (S.1853) – “Postal Service Protection Act of 2011” is also pending consideration by Homeland Security and Government Affairs. You can go online to read details under Item (3) – Prevent the Closing of Rural Post Offices.
I have written to our representatives in Congress and the committee chairmen asking for their support on all the above bills (which I did through their websites). But I am only one voice. So I am asking others to do the same by writing to:
The Honorable Senator Carl Levin (MI) – https://levin.senate.gov/contact
The Honorable Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI) – http://stabenow.senate.gov/contact
The Honorable Congressman Dave Camp (MI) – http://camp.house.gov/contact
The Honorable Senator Joseph Lieberman, Chairman -
Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
The Honorable Congressman Darrell Issa, Chairman -
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Important Note: Begin your letter with your full name and home address (do not use a P.O. box). That information identifies you as a constituent.
Also please take another moment to petition President Obama and Congress to support Postal Reform Bill H.R.1262, which would modernize the Postal Service Business Model, by logging onto http://www.petition2congress.com/5120/please-support-h-r-1262/ and clicking on “Sign the Petition”.
Please circulate this information to as many people as you can. Thank you!