Legislation has been introduced in Congress that would halt Postal Service plans to close and consolidate mail processing facilities across the countryThe Stop Postal Closures Act of 2016 would:
- Put a moratorium on current closures and consolidations;
- Establish a framework that any future closures be approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC);
- Create a list of criteria and data that USPS must analyze, including impacts on small businesses, vote-by-mail voters and unique geographic situations;
- Require a robust public notification and comment period so stakeholder views are a part of the PRC’s review;
- Reinstate the July 1, 2012 mail delivery standards of the one-to-three-day delivery, which was eliminated at the start of 2015 by USPS; and
- Empower the PRC to set annual performance benchmarks.