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Sen. Begich Meets with Postmaster General Donahoe to Discuss Alaska Issues


U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today met with Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to discuss the future of postal services in Alaska. Mr. Donahoe was sworn in as the 73rd Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service (USPS) in December 2010.

Following the meeting, Sen. Begich released the following statement:

“The U.S. Postal Service is crucial to Alaskans and our way of life.  It is more than just a mail service; it is food, supplies, and medicine for our communities. The Postmaster General and I talked about how to continue improving services for Alaskans - including the importance of maintaining a viable bypass mail system.

“The Postmaster General emphasized his support for bypass mail saying the USPS is ‘100% behind bypass mail – it is our universal service obligation’ and I agree with him.  I will continue to work with Mr. Donahoe to protect this program’s essential stability for rural Alaska.

“As a member of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, which oversees the USPS, I will continue to be a resource for Alaskans and an advocate for increasing and improving USPS services in Alaska.”

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