Sens. Manchin, Peters introduces bill to save post offices from closing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Gary Peters, D-MI, introduced Tuesday the Protect Our Services Today Act, which mandates that the U.S. Postal Services cannot close any post office facility during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last week, Manchin asked Postmaster General DeJoy for clarification on reported post office closures across West Virginia and received assurances there would be no closures at this time.

However, USPS did inform Manchin that an ongoing review was underway, which could significantly reduce facility operations throughout the Appalachian District. Specifically, USPS confirmed that 12 post offices were identified for feasibility studies for potential closures, and another 24 locations were proposed for reduced hours.

Despite Manchin’s explicit request for this information, USPS not disclose what locations were impacted, why they were selected or when a decision might be made, leaving the door open for potential closures in the future.

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