SALEM, Ore. — Legislators and postal service workers rallied at the state capitol to support Congressman Peter DeFazio’s bill, the Postal Service Protection Act, which will prevent post offices from shutting down and save American jobs.
He blasted the Postmaster General’s plan to make significant cuts, like closing processing plants and getting rid of Saturday delivery. He’s asking for help from the Obama administration.
“I need help from the White House, the President, he can fire some jerks who are running the institution into the ground,” said Representative DeFazio.
He also criticized the Chairman of the Board of Governors, Mickey Barnett for not knowing the price of a first class stamp.
“These are people supposedly in charge of saving the postal service and make it more efficient. No, they’re destroying it,” said DeFazio.
He’s proposing The Postal Service Protection Act, which will save current delivery standards, jobs, and remove a strict prefunding requirement for healthcare and pension funds- something the Postal Service blames for it’s financial losses. He will also craft a plan to get that money, which is in the billions, repaid.
DeFazio is collecting signatures for a petition. He must get 100,000 signatures by May 24 for the White House to respond. Link to petition: http://wh.gov/t95i