Kirk: Congress won't let Postal Service shut down

Kirk: Congress won't let Postal Service shut down

Posted by Kerry Lester on Tue, 09/06/2011 - 12:27

Despite the U.S. Postal Service facing a $9.2 billion deficit, Sen. Mark Kirk said he doesn't think Congress will let the agency "close this winter or close at all."

At the same time, Kirk said he wasn't yet ready to take a position on what steps lawmakers must take to keep the mail service running.

The Highland Park Republican, who addressed Chicago's Union League Club Tuesday morning about his recent trip to Afghanistan, said he plans to read the results of the Senate hearing on the subject later today.

Kirk is heading back to Washington where he plans to attend and take copious amounts of notes on President Barack Obama's jobs talk Thursday.

He said the address, rescheduled after negotiations with House Republicans, deserves attention and respect from members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.

Kirk declined to say whether he thought 8th District Rep. Joe Walsh's plans to return home to the suburbs to meet with "real job creators" instead of hearing the president was out of line.

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