Post office closures should be a shared sacrifice

When I speak with neighbors, friends and constituents in our district while discussing the national deficit, taxation and entitlement reform, overwhelmingly I hear people say that they’re willing to make some sacrifices if it will put our nation back on the right track. Often times this is heard from those who are among the most needy, but who are willing to put their country and communities first. The one reservation I hear is that Americans want to know that their sacrifice is a shared one; that if they need to go without for the sake of all, such a loss should be shared by all.

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Two bills which would go far in putting the Postal Service back on track are the USPS Pension Obligation Recalculation and Restoration Act of 2011 and the Reform the Postal Service for the 21st Century Act. The first bill, introduced by Rep. Stephen Lynch, would address the decades-old accounting error that led OPM to overcharge the Postal Service by billions. The latter, introduced by Rep. Gerry Connolly, would bring the Postal Service’s business model into the 21st century. I am a proud co-sponsor of both of these bills.

I am aware of the difficult financial situation the Postal Service is presently in. Congress should have acted before the August recess to pass the necessary reforms that will allow the hard working people of the Postal Service to bring the USPS back to profitability. If closing facilities is necessary, I strongly urge the USPS to reconsider the list of postal facilities it named for possible consolidation since many of the ones targeted for closure are the very facilities that service the communities in our country that use and need them the most.