Congress introduces legislation opposing postal consolidation and closures

Expressing the sense of Congress regarding the need to prevent the closure or consolidation of post offices.

House Representative Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri (R)

On January 7, 2011 a concurrent resolution was introduced by House Representative Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri (R) which was referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. There were no co-sponsors for this Resolution.

…it is the sense of Congress that the United States Postal Service

(1) should provide a maximum degree of effective and regular postal services to all communities, including rural areas and small towns where post offices may not be self-sustaining; and

(2) should take all necessary steps to ensure that post offices are not closed or consolidated.

Republican Representative Jo Ann Emerson of Missouri, born in 1950, has been in the House of Representatives since 1996. Emerson holds a B.A. in political science and is a member of the Appropriations Committee, Jo Ann is the Ranking Member of the Financial Services Subcommittee and also sits on the Agriculture Subcommittee.

Read H. Con. Res. 7*

According to the USPS FY 2010 Annual Report:

Source: USPS 2010 Annual Report (dollars in millions)

Source: USPS 2010 Annual Report

*What is an H. Con. Res.?
A Concurrent resolution originating in the House must be passed in the same form by both houses, but does not require the signature of the president and does not have the force of law. Concurrent resolutions are generally used to make or amend rules that apply to both houses. They are also used to express the sentiments of both of the houses. For example, a concurrent resolution is used to set the time of Congress’ adjournment. It may also be used by Congress to convey congratulations to another country on the anniversary of its independence. Another important use of the concurrent resolution is for the annual congressional budget resolution, which sets Congress’ revenue and spending goals for the upcoming fiscal year.

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