Tester asks Montanans for input as Congress examines challenges of U.S. Postal Service

Tester plans to share feedback as Congress considers future of mail service

(U.S. SENATE) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester released the following statement as the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs today held a hearing to examine the challenges of U.S. Postal Service:

“Timely and efficient mail service is an integral part of business and daily life in Montana and across rural America.  As we look for the best solutions for the challenges facing the U.S. Postal Service, Montana’s rural and frontier communities must not bear more than our share of the burden. 

As always, some of the best ideas come from concerned Montanans.  People who rely on the mail and people who actually handle mail in Montana have a better sense of reality than bureaucrats in Washington.  I want to hear from them about the importance of community post offices and postal service, and I want to hear ideas about what will work and what won’t as Congress cuts costs in the months and years ahead.”

Tester, a member of the Committee, is soliciting comments about the Postal Service to share with his colleagues and with the Postal Service.  Montanans are welcome to use the Postal Service to send traditional mail to Tester, but letters sent to his Senate office in Washington DC are often delayed by security screening.  Instead, Tester encourages Montanans to send traditional mail to any of Tester’s eight field offices across the state.

Tester also recently launched tester.senate.gov/postal, a new website for Montanans to comment about proposed post office closures.