“The post office maintains hours when Congress is in session. I work for Congress. That’s where I stamp. That’s where I drop my bills,” one staffer said. “The only hours the post office where I live is open when I’m there is Saturday mornings.”
The Postal Service would not release specific figures outlining how much foot traffic or revenue the locations take in, saying only that each makes less than $1 million per year.
But anecdotally, staffers said the largest and most-traveled office seems to be in Longworth, located in a busy basement hallway across from the Congressional Federal Credit Union, where the building intersects with Cannon and the Capitol. At any given time of day, there may be a line in the facility to send mail or buy stamps, greeting cards or packaging supplies.
“If I go to the Longworth cafeteria, the post office is right there. I find it incredibly convenient to be able to run down there and buy stamps,” a House staffer said. “It’s nice to walk into what would be, I guess, your local post office.”
The other House post offices are smaller and somewhat remote, but staffers who know they exist seem to appreciate having a post office inside the building in which they work. Rayburn’s post office is smaller than Longworth’s and located near the building’s entrance, across from the now-vacant office of former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). The Cannon location is smaller than Rayburn’s and only moderately larger than the one in the Capitol.
“I’ve definitely gone over there and turned in Netflix, and I’ve definitely gone over there and bought stamps and picked up shipping material,” said a House staffer who works in that building.
That Senate Sergeant-at-Arms runs two more offices in that chamber’s office buildings, and those are not threatened with closure.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.