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McCaskill Aims for Responsible Postal Reform to Protect Rural Service

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McCaskill Aims for Responsible Postal Reform toProtect Rural Service

Senator continues to prioritize access for ruralMissourians, oppose efforts to balance books on backs of rural families andbusinesses

WASHINGTON – Morethan one year after the U.S. Senate approved bipartisan legislation to addressthe finances of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS)and keep rural post offices open, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill todayreiterated that her focus remains on ensuring that postal access for ruralAmericans isn't compromised.

"Post offices remain the center of many rural communities,and I hear from Missourians every day telling me that postal access iscritically important for their businesses and families," said McCaskill, amember of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which hasjurisdiction over the USPS. "As this reform bill moves forward, my prioritieswill continue to focus on that access, and ensuring that our residents keeptheir service intact."

The Senate is returning to consideration of postal reform more than one year after Senators approvedsimilar bipartisan legislation. The Republican-led U.S. House ofRepresentatives refused to vote on the reform legislation during the lastCongress, forcing Congress to restart the process this year. The delay furtherexacerbated USPS financial challenges and left in limbo the future of postalservice for rural communities.

McCaskill, who today attended a Senate hearing on the issue,also questioned whether the USPS is taking enough advantage over its monopolyon rural delivery. The USPS often delivers packages for UPS and FedEx the "lastmile" to their intended recipients. McCaskill argued that, rather thanconsolidating its rural network as some have suggested, the USPS should be capitalizingmore on its unique rural capabilities and services.   

Last year, McCaskill wageda successful year-long battle to keep hundreds of rural postoffices in rural Missouri open and operating. McCaskill has previously arguedthat shutting down rural post offices would not help the Postal Service achievesubstantial cost-savings, and cutting Saturday mail delivery would dealsignificant blows to communities across rural America as well as to the PostalService itself.

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