KTVZ: Merkley, Wyden Sponsor Bill to Save Post Offices

A bipartisan coalition of senators, including Oregon Democrats Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, introduced on Thursday the Protecting Rural Post Offices Act, which would require that a post office closure cannot result in more than a 10-mile distance between post offices, measured on roads with year-round access.

The bill is also sponsored by senators Jerry Moran (R-KS), Jon Tester (D-MT), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Mark Begich (D-AK).

“In Oregon, 80% of the post offices on the potential closure list are more than ten miles from the next nearest post office. That is unacceptable,” Merkley said. “Rural post offices are the hub of community life and an essential communications link. Post offices are the bedrock of rural communities. We must ensure everyone has access to a post office.”

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