KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Sen. Claire McCaskill seeks to avoid closing rural post offices under her proposal to maintain six-day mail delivery.

The Missouri Democrat will be in Kansas City on Monday to discuss the proposals she wants incorporated into the 21st Century Postal Service Act. She provided details of her plan in advance to The Associated Press.

The U.S. Postal Service is expected to lose a record $14.1 billion this year as increased Internet use reduces mail volume. A plan to close mail centers and post offices has been put on hold until mid-May.

McCaskill is proposing cutting costs by reducing agency payments that fund future retiree health benefits. She’s also asking for a new business model that would return the agency to financial health within a year.
(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. stlmom4 says:

    The real deficit is much smaller. Congress set an unrealistic mandate that required the USPS to completely prefund retireee benefits not due for many decades in just a few years, 90% of the $14 bn deficit wouldn’t exist. Yes, emails hurts the USPS. Yes, they need to fund their benefits accounts. But doing it this fast as broken the system.

  2. J. Madison says:

    In other words kick the can down the road and let someone else deal with it. Just like the mess the ever grasping Congress has created by “borrowing” money from the Social Security Trust Fund.

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