(Washington DC) - Senator Richard Blumenthal and Joe Lieberman said Monday that Connecticut’s two mail processing plants – located in Stamford and Wallingford – likely would be saved from the chopping block if Congress passes the postal reform legislation cleared by the Senate April 25.
The Stamford processing facility had been identified for closure by the United States Postal Service, which must cut its costs by $20 billion a year if it is to restore its financial viability and continue serving millions of American people and businesses. The Senate bill would save the USPS $19.5 billion annually.
Blumenthal said: "We're winning the fight to save jobs, prevent delivery delays, preserve post offices and key processing facilities, and protect services vital to small businesses, seniors, and economic recovery. The fight is far from over-- but this bill is a profoundly promising step, particularly in preserving the Stamford and Wallingford facilities, so essential to service and jobs. We'll continue to stand strong as a delegation. My thanks especially to Senator Lieberman, whose leadership has been crucial."
“It is too soon to celebrate, but if the provision in the Senate postal reform bill on minimum delivery standards remains intact, Connecticut communities will experience no loss of postal services or delayed mail delivery,” Lieberman said. “Nor will the state lose hundreds of valuable postal jobs as it slowly recovers from the economic recession. Although the Postal Service must cut costs if it is to regain its financial footing, I have argued strenuously against cuts that would impair essential services to the people and businesses of Connecticut. I am proud to have been a lead sponsor of the Senate postal reform bill and proud the Senate adopted strong, bipartisan legislation to help keep the USPS above water.”