USPS To Delay Facility Closures

By WEEK Producer

December 13, 2011 Updated Dec 14, 2011 at 11:01 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Postal Service will delay facility closures for five months.

Senator Dick Durbin announced the USPS has voluntarily agreed to a moratorium giving Congress time to enact comprehensive postal reform legislation.

In September, the postal service announced plans to review its mail processing network in the hopes of reducing costs.

The organization is currently considering eliminating overnight delivery and closing 3,700 post offices and more than 250 mail processing facilities.

Durbin says it's now up to Congress to make the changes needed to allow the post office to evolve to meet the current need.

"It's our turn to change the laws, if necessary, to make the changes to save the money to save the postal service. When it's all said and done, this is a challenge to Congress. Put up or shut up. If you don't like what the postal service has put forward in terms of closing processing facilities and post offices and eliminating jobs, come up with a better approach," said Durbin.

Senator Durbin acknowledged the current situation is grim and the postal service has taken a hit because of a downturn in first class mail.

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