In Dubious Battle: The Postal Service, Congress, and Verizon go at it

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Congress and the Postal Service are locked in a brutal face-off, with the future of the post office at stake.  An angry Congressman writes the Postmaster General accusing postal officials of uttering falsehoods.  The Postal Service defends itself by blaming an Internet provider.  No, we’re not talking about Darrell Issa, postal D-day, the historic default on the $5.6 billion payment … Read More

Connolly and Young Call on Congress to Develop 21st Century USPS Business Model

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PRESS RELEASE More than 100 Members of Congress sign letter in support of 6 Day Mail, Rural Post Offices, Innovation Washington, D.C. –Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly was joined by more than 100 members of Congress in calling on Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to maintain robust mail service, including 6 day delivery and rural post offices, and … Read More

Congressman Hinchey calls for a moratorium on the closing studies

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New York Congressman Maurice Hinchey has written a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe asking him “to place a moratorium on the USPS's current discontinuance studies until the USPS resolves the numerous problems the PRC identified in the RAIO. “  Hinchey is circulating the letter in Congress, looking for others to sign on with him. The letter calls attention to … Read More

Moving toward the End-Game: A moratorium maybe, a Goldway dissent, a PMG promise to hold off on closing post offices and DUOs too

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A moratorium on post office closings came a step closer today, the Postmaster General has apparently promised to hold off on closing post offices until the first of the year, and the Chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission dissented on an appeals decision again.  A big day in postal world (and don't even mention the stock market). Earlier in the … Read More

Preserving the People’s Post Office: Nader writes Congress

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Remember Nader's Raiders, the group of young activists who went to Washington in the 60s and 70s (and beyond) to work with Ralph Nader in his fight for consumer protection, a clean environment, and accountable government?  Among the hundreds of publications that came out of Nader's Center for Responsive Law are two of the best books written about the post office … Read More

King can’t get no respect: The USPS stonewalls to run out the consolidation clock

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If you’ve had a chance to read Craig O'Donnell’s “They’re Coming for Your Post Office,” the story of his efforts to save his post office in Still Pond, Maryland, you know how frustrating it can be trying to get documents from the Postal Service when you’re fighting a closure.  The Postal Service is supposed to share the documents because citizens … Read More

Talk about wanting to close a lot of post offices

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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the  chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has introduced a bill, H.R. 2309, to reform the Postal Service. Among other things, it would create a Commission on Postal Reorganization “to review postal infrastructure and recommend closures and consolidations to Congress, that will ultimately save the Postal Service at least $2 billion a … Read More