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Wed December 14, 2011
Government

USPS Agrees to Five-Month Moratorium on Closures

The U.S. Postal Service has voluntarily agreed to delay the closing of 252 mail processing centers and 3,700 local post offices until mid-May.

The news comes after Colorado Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet—along with 16 other Senate Democrats—wrote a letter last week calling for the hold.

“This is such a vital function. Everyone ought to have a chance to weigh in,” said Sen. Udall. “There was clearly a sense that we hadn’t exhausted all the possibilities and all the future ways in which the postal service could thrive.”

Udall said the next step is for Congress to examine more creative ways for the post office to operate in the 21st century.

The USPS is forecast to lose a record $14.1 billion next year. In addition to 67 Colorado post offices, the agency is considering closing four out of six mail processing centers across the state.