Sen. Franken Fights to Save Postal Service

By KBJR News 1

February 14, 2013 Updated Feb 14, 2013 at 7:09 PM CDT

Washington D.C. (NNCNOW.com)-- The past week has brought continual bad news for the U.S. Postal Service, including a negative impact here in the Northland. However, federal lawmakers are hoping to turn things around for the struggling mail delivery service.

Eight Senators, including U.S. Senator Al Franken introduced a bill that would modernize the postal service and repeal the law passed by Congress that the Senators say is largely responsible for the postal service's financial problems.

The measure would let the Postal Service look for innovative ways to generate revenue by allowing post offices to notarize documents, issue hunting and fishing licenses, and allow shipments of wine and beer; all services currently prohibited for the U.S. postal survive.

"There's no questions that the postal service needs to get on solid financial ground and this legislation would allow them to do that while protecting jobs and protecting reliable postal service that so many Minnesotans depend on," said Sen. Franken.

This legislation would also pave the way for the Postal Service to help customers take advantage of e-mail and Internet services.

The bill also contains a clause that would implement safe guards to protect rural post offices and prevent shutdowns of mail sorting centers like the one in Duluth.