Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is whipping votes to pass his Postal Service reform bill immediately. The bill will help to remake the Postal Service but at the same time preventing the dramatic office closures the service is contemplating. He says the bill is necessary so that seniors will continue to receive their beloved junk mail.
Giving an impassioned speech on the Senate floor Reid said,
“I’ll come home tonight here to my home in Washington and there’ll be some mail there. A lot of it is what some people refer to as junk mail, but for the people who are sending that mail, it’s very important. And when talking about seniors, seniors love getting junk mail. It’s sometimes their only way of communicating or feeling like they’re part of the real world.”
The Bill, which has support from both political parties, looks to restructure the postal service’s pension plans and to add new technology which will help the service save money.
Reid said 30,000 post offices across the country will close if the legislation fails, many in rural regions without Internet service and where many seniors still rely on the mail service to deliver their medicine.
Reid says the bill should be ready for a floor vote in a couple of weeks.
Using Senior Citizens as an excuse for a second time in his speech said,
“Elderly Americans, more than anyone in America, rely on the United States Postal Service, but unless we act quickly, thousands of post offices … will close.