About 20 supporters of the post office rallied in downtown Columbia Thursday. Gathering outside Senator Claire McCaskill's office, supporters held banners and flyers opposing Senate bill 1789, which would cut funding to the U.S. Postal Service. They say a cut from 6 days to 5 days in service will slow down many deliveries. Eale Breedlove, a 30 year veteran of the postal service, says it could also put many veterans out of a job.
“You know, a lot of veterans work for the postal service," said Breedlove. "There’s gonna be a lot of veterans coming back from Iraq that are going to be looking for jobs, and the postal servics hires veterans.”
Vice President of Columbia’s National Association of Letter Carriers Jeff Connell says the bill would kill six-day and Saturday mail services, as well as door-to-door deliveries. He also says it would put 80,000 postal workers out of a job nationwide.