REP. JENKINS COSPONSORS BILL TO PROTECT RURAL MAIL SERVICE
WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) has cosponsored a new, bipartisan bill to protect rural mail delivery and halt closing mail processing facilities.
H.R. 4656, the Stop Postal Closures Act, would put a moratorium on current mail processing facility closures and consolidations and require future closures be first approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission. It would also reinstate the one-to-three-day delivery standard, which the United State Postal Service eliminated in 2015.
“Post office closures and reduced hours have hurt many rural West Virginia residents, and the consolidation of mail processing facilities threatens to limit their mail service even more. This legislation stops future mail facility closures and consolidations until they are carefully studied to ensure consumers are protected. Rural residents, in particular, depend on the United States Postal Service to pay bills on time and stay connected, and I will work to protect this important service for them,” Rep. Jenkins said.
The closing of mail processing facilities delays the sorting of mail, which can result in delayed deliveries, missed deadline, and fewer deliveries. Seniors and rural residents, in particular, depend on reliable, timely mail service for prescriptions, bills and checks.
The bill was introduced by Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) and also cosponsored by David McKinley (R-W.Va.) and Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.).