Donahoe said the Postal Service is delivering personalized letters to every member of Congress detailing the proposed changes and outlining exactly how many post offices will be closed in their respective districts. Delaware is the only state that does not have any proposed closures.
Sen.Ton Carper, D-Del., and the chairman of the subcommittee that oversees the Postal Service, has sponsored a bill to legislate the changes USPS is pushing for, such as eliminating Saturday delivery.
"The Postal Service is facing a dire fiscal crisis and two challenges -- the rapid transition to electronic communications and the lingering after effects of the Great Recession -- which threaten its very existence. In order to survive, let alone thrive in the 21st century, all options have to be considered and the Postal Service has to modernize the way it does business, including where and when it does business," Carper said today in a statement.
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, which oversees the Postal Service, has taken a distinctly different approach to postal reform.
His bill proposes that Congress appoint a committee to take over control of USPS until its books are back in the black. Issa said in a statement today that the Postal Service needed to take even more drastic measures than closing post offices to reach fiscal solvency.
"The Postal Service has 170,000 more employees on the payroll than needed to deliver the mail. Mail volume has dropped 20 percent in the last five years because of new technology," Issa said. "Today's announcement is a step in the right direction. There are, however, many difficult decisions ahead that must be made to improve operations, reduce costs and return the Postal Service to financial solvency."