Senators seek to save Duluth mail processing center from closing
U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) urged key Senate appropriators to take action to prevent the closure of mail processing centers in Duluth, Bemidji, St. Cloud, and Mankato.
In a bipartisan letter sent Thursday, Sens. Klobuchar, Franken, and 48 others pressed the Senate Appropriations Committee – which sets the levels of funding for specific programs in the budget – to delay the shutdown of mail processing centers and give Congress the opportunity to finish comprehensive postal reform.
“The Postal Service has already consolidated 141 mail processing facilities since 2012,” wrote Sens. Klobuchar and Franken. “As the postal network has been weakened, service delivery has suffered. Since the Postal Service slowed down the delivery of First-Class Mail over two years ago by revising its service standards, it has been more difficult for the American public and small businesses to receive mail in a timely manner. Slowing down mail delivery even further will hurt senior citizens on fixed incomes, small businesses and the entire economy.”
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe told workers at the Duluth mail processing plant in July that the closures would come in 2015 as a continuation of USPS reductions started in 2011.