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December 21, 2014
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Chris Gibson

Rest assured, I fully understand the vital services and cultural value that local and rural post offices provide to communities throughout Upstate New York. As one of the few federal agencies explicitly authorized in the United States Constitution, the Postal Service still remains a critical component of our infrastructure, and post office closures limit accessibility to a crucial government service. For that reason, I have signed on as a cosponsor of H.Res. 30, a resolution by Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) expressing the sense of Congress that the USPS take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of its six-day mail delivery service.

In an effort to reform the operations of the USPS in general, several bills have been introduced during this Congress. have signed on as a cosponsor of the bipartisan bill, H.R. 630, the Postal Service Protection Act, introduced by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR). H.R. 630 protects rural post offices from disproportionate closures, maintains the six-day delivery policy, increases revenues through the expansion of services and calls for effective financial reform to combat the increasing fiscal crisis, including eliminating the requirement for pre-funding of the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund. I look forward to advocating for the positions within H.R. 630 should postal reform legislation come to the House floor for a vote.

Finally, I look forward to working with my colleagues to find reforms or other measures to increase or protect service standards so that small businesses, like yours, can continue to meet deadlines and maintain a profit margin.

Thank you, again, for bringing your situation to my attention.

[Chris Gibson represents New York State’s 19th District in the U.S. Congress.]