Today, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) released the following statement as the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform considers the Postal Reform Act, a bill that, in part, allows the Postal Service to move forward with plans to close up to 178 small town Iowa post offices. Braley is a member of the panel.
Braley was able to successfully amend the bill to require the Postal Service to report on the number of jobs eliminated by their proposed post office closures, including the number of veterans jobs eliminated. Braley’s amendment was passed with unanimous, bipartisan support.
“I grew up in a small town, and I know how important post offices are to these communities,” Braley said. “It may not seem like much to a bureaucrat in Washington, but a post office is the centerpiece of a small town. If not for the post office, what else would provide the spark for economic development? What business would open in a town without one?
“No question, the Postal Service needs to change to survive. But it doesn’t have to build its recovery on the backs of small town Americans. That’s why I’m working to improve this bill and prevent post office closures in Iowa. I’m disappointed that the bill we’re considering today doesn’t protect small town post offices.”