Issa, above, penned a joint letter with Miller to the postmaster general urging him to close three post offices on Capitol Hill as a way to save the Postal Service money.
Lawmakers who opposed the closures, on the other hand, were those who generally objected to any action by the Postal Service to cease operations at various facilities.
House Administration Committee ranking member Robert A. Brady, D-Pa., declined to comment on his colleagues’ request. But Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., the ranking member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued a statement to CQ Roll Call expressing his general support.
“We should consolidate postal facilities in duplicative areas, such as in the House Office Buildings,” Cummings, said, adding that a comprehensive and bipartisan postal service overhaul bill is what’s really needed to save the agency.
A spokesman for the Postal Service suggested that it might not be so simple to close the post offices on the Hill. Though the locations were already studied and found to meet the necessary criteria for closure, they might have to be studied a second time before consolidation could take place. The spokesman said that if the post offices don’t meet certain criteria, Congress would have to pass a bill to compel the agency to take the steps to close them.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.