Amidst loss in billions, Congress expresses need to prevent Post Office closures / consolidations

A House Concurrent Resolution was submitted by Republican Congresswoman Jo Anne Emerson of Missouri expressing the sense of Congress regarding the need to prevent the closure or consolidation of post offices.

While the Postal Service continues to struggle to bring itself back into the fiscal black, Congress has it’s own ideas.

This is a multi-part series to gaze into the Congressional records in this current 111th Congress, that if brought to practice may effect the troubled Postal Service.

In the first of this series, Postmaster General Potter appeared on Capital Hill to ask Congress for help after yet another year of losses in the billions. Potter had been publicized recently for his lavish compensation package valued over $800,000. The article is titled, Move over AIG. Make room for the Postal Service.

Part two, is titled Congress, Cuba and the Postal Service.

On March 25, 2009, Postmaster General Potter stood before the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia of the Committee on Oversight and Government, United States House of Representatives. He spoke of the mail volume running 12 percent below 2008 levels and the Postal Service facing losses of historic proportions because of the widening gap between revenue and costs.

H Con Res 4 expressed that the United States Postal Service should provide a maximum degree of effective and regular postal services to all communities … where post offices may not be self sustaining and should take all necessary steps to ensure that post offices are not closed or consolidated.

In the days to come, more legislation, which, if enacted, could affect the profitability of the Postal Service will be covered.

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