Merkley Statement on Announcement that Rural Post Offices Will Remain Open

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after the U.S. Postmaster General announced that the Postal Service would halt its plans to eliminate thousands of rural post offices, including 20 that remained on the closure list in Oregon:

“This is very good news for Oregon. Rural post offices are the hearts of their communities, and closing them would shut off access to critical services for both seniors and small businesses. I am heartened that the Postal Service is listening to the voices of rural Americans, who have spoken out loudly about the devastation this plan would have brought to their rural communities.

“I strongly encourage the Postmaster General to keep listening closely to those voices as they consider reductions in service hours and other options to cut costs. While getting these post offices off the closure list is a crucial step in protecting rural Oregon, the Postal Service must continue working with these communities to arrive at a solution that works for seniors, small businesses, and all who rely on the post office on a day-to-day basis.”