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.
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.