The fight over post office closures is hitting close to home for members of Congress and Hill staffers — the U.S. Postal Service is finally shutting down three Capitol Hill facilities.
Lawmakers and other Hill denizens may now have to (gasp!) walk to the next building to buy their stamps, now that the USPS on Wednesday issued “Final Determination to Close notices” (which means what you’d assume it does) at the post offices in the Rayburn, Cannon, and Capitol buildings.
The closures are “due to steadily declining revenue and mail volume,” USPS said in a statement, and seemed to pre-empt critics by noting that only nine customers attended the first information session the USPS hosted about the closures way back in 2011.
The Postal Service estimates the closures will save just over $2 million over 10 years. Which pleased some lawmakers.
“Congress should lead by example and not treat itself to a higher level of service than it needs or is available to the average American,” said House Administration Chairman Candice Miller (R-Mich.) and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, (R-Calif.), in a joint statement. “The cost savings from these consolidations are a small but symbolically important step in restoring USPS to long-term financial solvency.”
One silver lining: More walking (the post offices in the Ford and Longworth buildings will remain open) is healthier.