Victoria Advocate Guest Column: Post office needs to make changes to stay open

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Washington, July 20, 2013 | comments

The U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 8, Clause 7 states Congress "shall have power to establish post offices and post roads."

Before the age of Internet and cellphones, mail was how we communicated with loved ones, did business and petitioned the government for a redress of our grievances.

Today, our world is very different from when Benjamin Franklin was the postmaster general. The Postal Service is not working efficiently, losing $25 million a day as mail volume decreases and costs go up.

As chairman of the House subcommittee spearheading postal reform, I've held hearings looking at the issues from customers', employees', vendors' and even competitors' points of view.

All sides agreed that it's not just about cutting costs but also finding innovative solutions that will save the United States Postal Service, make it stronger for future generations and keep the taxpayers off the hook for a bailout.

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