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Congressman Bishop joins effort to delay USPS closures

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Georgia Congressman Sanford Bishop is joining more than forty members of congress who are asking the United States Postal Service to keep postal processing facilities open until spring 2014.

This comes after the Postal Service decided to shut down the mail processing facility at Albany's main post office on South Slappey Boulevard on February 23rd. In all, the Service decided to close fifty mail processing facilities, and moved to accelerate those closures in late march.

Read the Congressman's full release below:

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop (GA-02) asked the United States Postal Service to stand by its original commitment to keep postal processing facilities open until next spring. In late March, the Postal Service unilaterally decided to accelerate closure of about fifty mail processing facilities across the country.

"We urge you to recognize the disastrous impact that the elimination of overnight delivery standards and closings of Area Mail Processing Centers and other facilities across the country would have on local and national unemployment," the bipartisan group of members wrote. "The USPS is a major employer around the country and employs over 500,000 workers. With an unacceptably high unemployment rate, it would be particularly inopportune for the USPS to close facilities."

Forty-six Members of Congress joined Congressman Bishop in detailing the harm these closures would have on their local economies. The letter advocates a comprehensive approach to postal reform that ensures the Postal Service will stay financially solvent for many years to come.

To view the letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, please click here.

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