Congresswoman Barbara Lee Introduces New Legislation to Prevent the Sale of Historic Postal Buildings

January 29, 2014
Contact: Carrie Adams (202) 225-2661

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced a resolution today urging the US Postal Service to halt all sales of historic postal buildings across the country. H. Res. 466  would permanently protect these public treasures for future generations to use and enjoy.

“These historic post offices are an irreplaceable part of our nation’s history. They belong to the American people, and shouldn’t be sold without community input,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. “Historic post office buildings are an integral part of our cultural heritage and should not be used as a bargaining chip in resolving the Postal Service’s financial woes.” 

In the omnibus Appropriations bill passed in mid-January, lawmakers called upon the USPS to halt sales of historic post offices until the Office of the Inspector General publishes its investigation on the processes and plans used for the sale and preservation of historic properties.   Congresswoman Lee’s resolution expands upon that effort to ensure that these national landmarks are permanently preserved for their communities.

“The East Bay values and cherishes the Berkeley Post Office,” said Congresswoman Lee. “This bill would ensure that historic post offices across the country, including the Berkeley Post office, remain as a cornerstone of our community.”

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Congresswoman Lee is a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the Steering and Policy Committee, is a Senior Democratic Whip, former chair of both the Congressional Black Caucus and Progressive Caucus.