|WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (MO) and Claire McCaskill (MO) joined a bipartisan group of their colleagues on December 1, 2014, to demand a delay in the planned consolidation of up to 82 U.S. Postal Service (USPS) mail processing facilities, including two in Missouri. Reportedly, all mail currently sorted in Springfield would be processed in Kansas City instead. The other Missouri facility affected is Cape Girardeau with mail instead sorted in St. Louis.
The letter was sent after the USPS Inspector General found the Postal Service failed to fulfill its obligations to adequately study the impact of the consolidations and failed to inform the public of those impacts. To read a copy of the Senators’ letter, click here.
“We strongly urge the USPS to delay implementation of any mail processing consolidations until feasibility studies are completed and there has been adequate time for public comment and consideration of those comments,” the Senators wrote.
“There is no reason that the USPS cannot delay its consolidations to provide time for the public to see and comment on the service standard worksheets,” the Senators continued. “It is only fair to allow the process to unfold in this way, and the USPS gains little by deciding to continue the consolidation process on its current, arbitrary timeline.”
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