Opposing the Closing of the Irvington, Texas, Post Officeby Representative Gene Green
Posted on 2013-03-13
GREEN of Texas asked and was given permission to address
the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. GENE GREEN of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I rise to voice my frustration
and disappointment with the Postal Service's decision to close the
Irvington Station Post Office that
serves ZIP Code 77022 in Houston, Texas, on April 30.
This post office is highly valued in our district and has served residents of the Northside area in Houston for 50 years. The Postal Service announced that the Irvington office would be demolished, despite the fact that the agency has failed to ensure that local residents will still have access to essential mail services.
The Irvington office's lease is expiring, and instead of finding a new location nearby or moving retail operations into the Northline Commons area as a compromise, the Postal Service has chosen to close the office. I contacted and met with postal officials without success.
Moving forward with the closure is irresponsible and undermines the integrity of the agency. The people living in and around the 77022 ZIP Code will not have the same access to postal services as everyone else.
I understand the Postal Service's budget constraints and support reforming the agency. However, maintaining a presence in the area makes smart business sense for the Postal Service and fulfills a need in this revitalized community. The post office is losing customers and friends in this effort.