Rural Post Office Options

| March 20, 2013
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Rural Post Offices are facing changes as the U.S. Postal service tries to cut back its expenditures.  These changes are coming under pressure.  U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is one questioning the plans to move to a five day delivery model.

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Huntsville is one of the communities facing changes.  A community wide meeting will be held Tuesday, March 26th at 1:00 in the Community Center.

Press Release from the Office of U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today released the following statement after the U.S. Postal Service’s failure to provide answers in a timely manner concerning its proposed move to five-day delivery:

“Eliminating six-day delivery would impact families, small businesses and seniors in communities around the country—it’s not responsible to move forward with this drastic plan without knowing if it would even make a substantial difference in dollars saved. The Postal Service has the data we need, and it’s time for officials there to stop dragging their feet.”

More than six weeks ago, McCaskill requested information from the Postmaster General and Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) about the Postal Service’s claims that it would realize substantial savings by moving to a five-day delivery model—claims McCaskill has previously questioned.

McCaskill received a response from PRC Chairman Ruth Goldway in a meeting last week, but the PRC reported that it would “need the Postal Service to provide complete and updated data” in order to give an accurate estimate of cost savings. The response to McCaskill from the PRC is available on her website HERE.

Last year, McCaskill successfully fought to keep hundreds of rural post offices in rural Missouri open and operating. She has previously argued that shutting down rural post offices would not help the Postal Service achieve substantial cost-savings, and cutting Saturday mail delivery would deal significant blows to communities across rural America.

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