Sen. Jones urges Congress to stop closure of Lansing mail processing center

LANSING—A resolution sponsored by Sen. Rick Jones formally requests Congress to prohibit the U.S. Postal Service from closing or consolidating the mail processing and distribution center on Collins Road in Lansing.

“It is long overdue that Congress and President Obama come together and finally fix the postal service,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “Closing the Lansing mail processing center could lead to a slippery slope where mail in mid-Michigan is eventually delivered only a couple times a week.

“The president sends billions of dollars overseas – taxpayer dollars that could be better put to use ensuring the U.S. Postal Service provides efficient daily mail service. Keeping open the Lansing facility is part of that effort.”

Senate Resolution 189 states that the U.S. Postal Service plans to close or consolidate the Lansing facility on Jan. 5, 2015.

The resolution urges congressional intervention to stop the proposal, which “will cause the delay of mail and elimination of overnight delivery of first-class mail.”

Once adopted by the Senate, copies of Jones’ resolution would be sent to the president of the U.S. Senate, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representative and each member of the Michigan congressional delegation.