Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama

Statement from Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell in Response to the U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahue's Newly Released Plan to Preserve and Protect Post Offices

May 10, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON DC,—Today, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) released the following statement in response to the U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahue’s newly released plan to preserve and protect local post offices in rural and small town America:

“I am pleased that Postmaster General Patrick Donahue recently released a new plan for the restructuring of the United States Postal Service. This plan is a vital step forward toward ensuring the future of rural, isolated and underserved communities across this nation. The new plan implements a strategy that would keep rural post offices open for business for thousands of my constituents who depend on the post office for their checks, life-saving medications, packages and bills. Rather than turning toward widespread closures, layoffs and costly reductions in service, the Postmaster General has developed a new strategy aimed at solving this fiscal crisis while ensuring that our nation’s underserved communities still have access to vital lifelines for commerce and communications.

I applaud the Postal Service for taking decisive action to create a more efficient business model for the United States Postal Service. It is my hope that we develop a comprehensive postal service reform plan that will invest in both urban and rural communities and continue trusted, timely, reliable and affordable services.”