Congressman Crowley Denounces USPS Decision to Downsize Queens Processing Unit

Jul 7, 2014 Issues: Economy and Jobs, In the Community

Crowley: “Cuts will be devastating for so many families already struggling to get by”

(Queens, NY)  – Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, issued the statement below regarding the decision by the United States Postal Service (USPS) to downsize the Queens Processing and Distribution Center in Whitestone, NY:

“I am truly disappointed by the Postal Service’s decision to downsize its Queens Processing and Distribution Center,” said Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx). “These cuts will be devastating for so many families already struggling to get by and it is unconscionable for the USPS to balance their books on the backs of working class New Yorkers while compromising their service for Queens residents. We need to find an alternative solution to the financial hardships of the Postal Service and it is time for my Republican colleagues in Congress to stop dragging their feet on real reforms that can responsibly address the issue.”

Crowley has long protested the potential closure of the Queens Processing and Distribution Center. He’s held a rally with postal employees and community members, written a letter calling on the USPS to keep the facility open, and held multiple meetings with USPS officials.

Crowley is a co-sponsor of the Postal Service Protection Act (H.R. 630), legislation that will free the Postal Service from an unprecedented requirement that it pre-pay $11 billion in future pension obligations in an effort to alleviate the financial burden facing the USPS.

Congressman Crowley is the eight-term representative from the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and serves as Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives.