Senator discusses need to strengthen postal service with Postmaster General
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill discussed the status of efforts to strengthen and reform the United States Postal Service (USPS) during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing today with the Postmaster General. McCaskill serves as the Committee’s top-ranking Democrat.
“We’ve got to get postal reform across the finish line,” McCaskill said. She asked Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan for her “assessment of where we stand right now…when it comes to postal reform in terms of putting it on a more sound financial path going forward.” Brennan responded that she is “optimistic,” and agreed with McCaskill that “the need for postal reform is urgent. Our financial condition is worsening.”
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has oversight and legislative authority over USPS.
A longtime advocate for postal service in rural communities, McCaskill waged a successful campaign over several years to save rural post offices and maintain delivery standards. Earlier this year, McCaskill introduced bipartisan legislation with Republican Jerry Moran of Kansas to protect hundreds of post offices around the country from indefinite “emergency closure.” McCaskill has also directed the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to look into reported postal service problems. Last January, McCaskill demanded answers from the Postal Service on how it will protect mail delivery for rural Missourians and efficiently manage the cost-sharing benefits with competitors to carry mail the “last mile,” especially in rural areas.