"The Postal Service continues to slash jobs and hurt West Virginia communities through postal closing and consolidations," Rockefeller said. "And West Virginia continues to face disproportionate closures compared to other, much larger states.
Manchin wants the USPS to consider other cost-saving measures, including eliminating excessive bonuses for USPS executives, getting rid of retail space the Postal Service is not using and ending advertising expenditures on "luxuries" such as sponsoring a NASCAR team and the U.S. Tour de France bicycle team.
Rockefeller also co-sponsored an amendment that would keep Postal Service executives from receiving bonuses until the USPS pays its debts and "faces its financial difficulties."
The proposal to close 3,700 rural post offices, Manchin said, would save $200 million a year.
"But that's less than 1 percent of the Postal Service's $20 billion and is roughly equivalent to the amount we spend in one day in Afghanistan," he said. "While that does very little to improve the Postal Service's bottom line, it would devastate our rural towns."
Manchin said he offered his amendment because he heard from hundreds of constituents that "we simply cannot afford to let these facilities close in the communities that need them the most."
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