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Senate votes to slow closing of post offices

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Postal Service is criticizing a bill
passed by the Senate that would delay closings of thousands of
low-revenue post offices and mail processing centers.
In a blunt statement, the board of governors for the mail agency
said the measure "falls far short" and would do little to stem
financial losses. The board also called the Senate bill "totally
inappropriate," saying it would keep unneeded mail facilities
open.
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said if the bill became law,
the agency would return to Congress in a few years to get emergency
help.
The Senate bill, which passed Wednesday, gives the mail agency
an $11 billion cash infusion but bars many closings, requiring
further studies instead. The measure now goes to the House, which
has yet to consider a separate bill.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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