Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday claimed senior citizens “love” junk mail and cited them as a reason to pass a United States Postal Service reform bill.
“Elderly Americans rely on the United States Postal Service,” Reid said in a Senate floor speech. “I’ll come home tonight here to my home in Washington and there’ll be some mail there. A lot of it is what some people refer to as junk mail, but for the people that are sending that mail, it’s very important.”
He continued, “And when talking about seniors, seniors love to get junk mail. It’s sometimes their only way of communicating or feeling like they’re part of the real world.”
The cash-strapped agency in February announced a plan to cut about 260 mail processing centers as part of a cost-cutting move.
“Unless we act quickly, thousands of post offices – as I indicated, there are more than 30,000 in America, many of them rural – will close. I’ve said this earlier today, I repeat it: These rural post offices [are] the only way that people have who are in those small communities to communicate with the outside world. Maybe some medicine they’re getting, maybe keep in touch with their family. It’s their way of keeping in touch with the world.”
According to The Hill, Reid said the Senate would vote on a motion to proceed on the measure Thursday.
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