The nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service is moving ahead with plans to close dozens of mail processing centers, saying on Thursday it can no longer wait as Congress remains deadlocked over how to help.
At a news briefing, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said the
agency's mail processing network had simply become too big, given
declining mail volume and its mounting debt. It will now
consolidate nearly 250 plants as originally planned, including 48
this summer, but will stretch out the remainder over a longer time
frame in 2013 and 2014.
Earlier this month, nearly half the Senate had written letters
to Donahoe asking that he hold off on closing any mail facility
until Congress could pass final postal overhaul legislation. The
Senate last month passed a bill that would halt many of the
closings; the House remains stalled over a measure allowing for
more aggressive cuts.