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McCaskill: House Republicans ‘abandoned rural America’

February 6, 2013

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today released the following statement after the United States Postal Service announced that it would end Saturday mail delivery in August:

"We won a hard-fought battle in the Senate last year with strongly bipartisan postal reform that would have put the Postal Service on the path to sound financial footing, protected rural post offices, and provided strict criteria for the Postal Service to meet before eliminating six-day delivery. Unfortunately, instead of passing the bill, the Republicans in the U.S. House abandoned rural America and allowed the legislation to die. And this is the result of their inaction-an unnecessary loss for business, rural families and the principle of compromise."

Last year, McCaskill successfully fought to keep hundreds of rural post offices in Missouri open and operating-arguing that shutting down rural post offices would not help the Postal Service achieve substantial cost-savings.

McCaskill recently wrote to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe requesting a more thorough and up-to-date financial analysis of five-day delivery financial projections.

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