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Dec 8, 2011 5:50 PM by Montana's News Station

Tester asks Senate to postpone USPS closures

WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) is asking Senate leaders to postpone closing post offices and area mail processing facilities for six months.

Tester said in a news release that the delay would allow Congress more time to "enact reforms necessary" for the Postal Service to succeed.

"We are concerned that the Postal Service may preempt Congress on this matter by closing or consolidating nearly 3,700 mostly rural post offices, over 250 mail processing facilities, and eliminating overnight delivery for first class mail before postal reform legislation is enacted," Tester stated in the release/

The Postal Service announced plans to close 85 Montana post offices in August and more recently recommended consolidating mail processing facilities in Kalispell, Missoula, Helena, Butte and Wolf Point.

The USPS is struggling financially due to a 2006 mandate which set a formula for the pre-funding of employee health benefits, according to Tester's office.

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