Manchin Resolution Defends Postal Service Against Privatization
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) co-sponsored a Senate resolution opposing the privatization of the United States Postal Service (USPS). Under previous consolidation implemented by the USPS under the Post Office Structure Plan (POST) in 2012, 478 post offices around West Virginia had their hours drastically reduced to as little as two hours per day. Given that the POST Plan was undertaken after significant backlash against the previous proposal to close thousands of post offices around the country, it stands to reason that nearly the nearly 500 post offices affected by this plan would be vulnerable to closure if USPS were privatized.
“In West Virginia, especially in our rural communities, we understand the importance of our post offices. In many small towns, they are the lifelines of their communities and a way to stay connected. They are more than just places to send and receive mail. I will continue defending rural communities across West Virginia and that includes fighting the privatization of the postal service,” Senator Manchin said.
Read the full resolution here.
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