Senators Udall and Bingaman meet with Postmaster on Proposed Closures

Following a meeting this week with U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall are sending him a letter to reiterate their request for transparency and answers to remaining questions about the impact of proposed postal closures across New Mexico, including two in Doña Ana County.

Bingaman and Udall met with Postmaster General Donahoe on Tuesday to voice their concerns regarding his proposal to close over 50 post offices in New Mexico. During the meeting, the senators noted the rural locations of the post offices slated for closure and requested a detailed explanation of how the final closure decision will be made.  In addition, the senators asked to know what options are available for employees who cannot relocate.

Unable to get clear answers from the Postmaster General at their meeting, the senators wrote to him again today seeking further explanation.

“Like our constituents, we know the vital role local post offices play in our communities and want to ensure that any changes adequately address every community’s needs,” the senators wrote. “We look forward to being in hearing from you often as we move forward with this process and sharing your updates with New Mexico.”

In addition to their latest letter to the Postmaster, Bingaman and Udall are encouraging residents of the communities scheduled to be affected by closures to attend local community meetings to voice their opinions.

Community meetings on the closures on the proposed closures of post offices in Garfield and Derry in rural Doña Ana County will be held on November 8 at Garfield Garage at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm.

One Response to “Senators Udall and Bingaman meet with Postmaster on Proposed Closures”

  1. Is there no possible way to address on a state level the root of the problem to this crises? Under the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) of 2006, the Postal Service is required to fully pre-fund future retiree health benefits for the next 75 years, and to do it within a ten-year window. No other government agency, corporation or organization is required to fully pre-fund future retirees’ health benefits. If not for the PAEA, the Postal Service would be functioning fine even with the impact of email and the financial collapse of 2008.

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