Durbin: Congress Wants To Stop Post Office Cutbacks

WASHINGTON (CBS) — Members of Congress want to keep the U.S. Post Office from the deep cutbacks it’s proposing — and they will have six months to figure out how.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Brandis Friedman reports, 250 Post Offices, nine sorting facilities and 1,800 jobs would be lost in Illinois alone under the Postal Service plan to save money.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Brandis Friedman reports

“Many of us think these suggestions are extreme, and we want to avoid them,” said U.S. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)

Durbin says the Postal Service has agreed to delay the plans, and allow Congress to pass legislation to help avoid bankruptcy.

“And so we’ve got to find a way to provide reliable service; efficient service, when it comes to our Post Office,” Durbin said.

He says a few ideas include offering early retirement and addressing health care costs.

Locally, the cuts would close the Irving Park processing center, at 11560 W. Irving Park Rd. near O’Hare International Airport, as well as the Fox Valley and Gary, Ind., processing centers.

Operational changes are also expected to the Main Post Office at 433 W. Harrison St.

Also as a result of the proposed $3 billion in cuts, first-class mail that used to take just one day to deliver will take two to three days. Stamps will also rise in cost by 1 cent to 45 cents, starting next month.

  • Jim Hamilton

    Well with Durbin on the committee what will you expect the outcome to be?

    • Jim Hamilton

      Please respond I would like to hear comments from both sides just for fun. What will Durbin’s solution be?
      any comment are welcome serious, just flaming or both I personally have little confidence in Durbin’s ability to tye his own shoes but he may surprise us.

      • Jim Hamilton

        Thats “Tie” his own shoes.

  • L Dissmeyer

    Perhaps in Durbin’s case it is “tye”??? In any case, I would prefer not to have one more thing making me feel as though I live in a third world country (mail taking forever to get to us, probably getting lost on its way). When I was young (that was a long time ago, dirt and I were born at the same time), I wrote to pen pals in other countries. Their mail was what is being described in these cuts. I’d rather not deal with that! Fortunately, with the interenet, thanks to Al Gore, we have options for the important things but can you see the spike in items starting to cost that were free on the internet and with the other carriers if they lose a competitor? Rather not go there for poor service!

    • Jim hamilton

      Indeed very well put and very good points

  • GrammarCop

    Mr. Durbin, clean up your own house first. it seems that you and your friends with a (D) after their name are unwilling to apply some of these solutions to our nation’s debt problem. A tax increase is not the answer. Spending cuts (including salary and benefit cuts to all elected officials) are a good start. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander!!! If you’re going to ask the US citizens to expect less while paying the same or more than you should lead the way and do it first…lead by example not with entitlement…

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  • Peggy Gross

    The USPS have been planning for the closing of these processing plants and the loss of these jobs for over 20 years. For those of us that have worked at the USPS, we were told that the whole Post Office was and I quote “a planned failure” by a Postmaster back in the early 1990’s. Management was not working for the good of the company, they were just “there”. It will be the blue collared workers, the ones that will be without a job, that will suffer for the mis-management of the United States Postal Service, and the millions of households that do not recieve the integrity and the security that they once had with the USPS if it is broken-up like the evil-doers want to do.

  • Border Agent69

    We need to cut back on Government spending and Obama’s vacations all over the world and his sporting events,dinner parties and flying all over for no reason what so ever.And to mention cutting back on taking away the rights of the CITIZENS

    • GrammarCop

      Hey Border..your comment is a bit uninformed…In excess of 80% of our national budget consists of Social Security and Medicare payouts and Defense spending. I agree that government spending is out of control and I agree that a top to bottom analysis is in order. However, Obama’s expenditures are at the bottom of the list if you look at the big picture. Furthermore, the media has gone after Clinton and GW Bush for excessive vacations…if they all took zero vacations…we’d still be in debt over $15 trillion.

  • Jim

    So Durbin and others are trying to stop the USPS from becoming more efficient and cutting back to meet with customer demand? That sounds about right on with the way that Illinois is being run!!! Seeing how Illinois has boatloads of extra money floating around and is the perfect example of how to run efficiently I say lets do it!!! Yes I am being quite sarcastic…

  • Rick

    Durbin is a poster child for term limits.

  • franklin808

    Durbin needs to raise taxes on the 1%. All that money from the Bush tax cuts could balance the budget and protect jobs.

  • Jim Hamilton

    Nice set of comments thanks for sharing all were appreciated

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