Published On: Tue, Jan 20th, 2015

Bernie Sanders Goes Postal On Proposed Mail Service Cuts

Bernie Sanders

Way back in the early days of the internet, many questioned the future of the Postal Service, since emails were fast replacing snail mail. The development of ecommerce, however, has been a boon to the Postal Service, which is now more active than ever delivering packages, yet there are proposed U.S. Postal Service Cuts, and Bernie Sanders, an Independent Senator from Vermont, is fighting for at least a moratorium, as reported by the Washington Examiner.

Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, will decide on whether to delay in U.S. Postal service cuts will be voted on when debate over the Keystone Pipeline resumes. Sanders pointed out the dangers of closing 82 mail sorting facilities, which will result in a loss of 15, 000 jobs in 37 states. He added that the only reason why the budget cuts are necessary and that the Postal Service is experiencing a short fall is because of a pension health fund payment measure that President George W. Bush pushed through.

“At a time when Postal Service revenue is increasing, it makes no sense to eliminate thousands of jobs and slow down the mail service that millions of Americans rely on, ” said Sanders. “We should be working to strengthen the Postal Service, not send it into a death spiral.” The postal service claims it needs to make the cuts to decrease the number of mail deliveries and to upgrade equipment.

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