Kirk, Durbin: Plan Needed To Keep Postal Service Going

CHICAGO (CBS) — U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) says he expects Congress to do what is necessary to keep the mail coming, through sleet and snow.

As WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, Kirk acknowledged that the U.S. Postal Service is facing some tough financial times, but he is not fearing the worst, despite some predictions that the entire service might have to shut down for a time.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

“I don’t think the Congress will let the U.S. Postal Service close for the winter, or close at all, but I think that once again, we’re going to have to find an offset, and a business plan, for the Postal Service to survive,” he said.

Speaking at the Union League Club, Kirk said the “offset” to which he referred means that Congress should trim some waste from the budget to make up for any aid that might be given to shore up the Postal Service.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports, Sen. Dick Durbin says the postal service needs some “serious reforms.”

Durbin says postal delivery six days a week usually passes through the Congress every year without comment.

This year, he says, there will likely be a debate.

Cutting back on delivery is just one thing that will be on the table, Durbin says.

“The system now is broke and it’s running out of money, he said. “And we have got to make some serious reforms of the postal system to make sure that they’re competitive for years to come.”

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller Reports

Durbin says expect changes in the number of post offices – meaning more will be closed.

He says he knows post offices are the life blood of some areas – but if they can’t sustain themselves, Durbin says, “We can no longer justify them.”

  • What!?!

    And the implosion and collapse of the United States continues. We have allowed the government to spend and grow to the point to where it is no longer sustainable. The Post Office is going to run out of money. The nation has roads and bridges everywhere that were built, and we cannot afford to properly maintain or replace them. Public education is suffering due to lack of funding. The list goes on and on. Anyone see a pattern here? If it is a public entity, either controlled by the government or has government oversight, it is a financial mess. The collapse continues……

  • Chivi

    Durbin, what needs to be done needs to be done. Don’t do it for the vote. Do it because it needs to get done!!!! USPS is generating very little mail due to e-mail and messenger service. A lot of the mail we receive at the office through USPS is junk mail, magazines, etc. You don’t need all those people any more. You have to cut down. Everyone has to cut down!! Get with the program.

  • Chivi

    Durbin, get with the program!!! Don’t do it for the votes. Do it because it needs to get done. We usually get our mail via messenger or e-mail. The USPS mail is minimal. We get what we need via other means. You want to save money you need to layoff all those people you hired when USPS was the only means of communication via mail. You don’t need that many people anymore. Get with the program. Let them learn other skills just like the rest of us in order to survive. Government workers do not walk on water!!!!! I just had to let this one out again!!

  • mohammedbinawad

    For once I have to say, we need to return back to level of Regan, however, these Tea Partiers, will not accept that. The just use his name to get votes, like the Senator this article is about. The government was able to sustain itself as with Clinton although I do not like the North American Treaty he signed.

  • john

    Speaking at the Union League Club, Kirk said the “offset” to which he referred means that Congress should trim some waste from the budget to make up for any aid that might be given to shore up the Postal Service.

    Congress would never waste money.
    Why not:
    Cut the service to 3 days (MWF), raise the rates on junk mail, close post offices now. No tax payer money

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