U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (NC) applauded the decision of the U.S. Postal Service to delay until mid-May 2012 the closing of 3,700 post offices and 252 mail processing centers. According to the USPS announcement, their decision came in response to multiple requests from U.S. Senators, including a letter to the postmaster general from Hagan.
“The delay gives us in Congress the opportunity to study this problem more closely,” Hagan said. “Post offices in our North Carolina rural areas provide more than just stamps and package pick-up services, they are gathering centers and lifelines for these communities. Most importantly, this delay will help protect American jobs.”
Following the USPS announcement on July 26 that 20 North Carolina Post Offices face potential closure, Hagan sent a letter to the postmaster general urging the USPS to give her North Carolina constituents a full opportunity to voice their concerns before any final decisions are made. A copy of Hagan's full letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is available here. Hagan staff have participated in numerous USPS community hearings throughout the state over the past five months.