Senate Passes Bill That Would Keep Post Offices Open
(Washington, D.C.) Threats of cuts at The United States Postal Service have been put off for now by the U.S. Senate.
In a 62-37 vote Wednesday afternoon, lawmakers slowed the agency from eliminating services, such as Saturday delivery.
The post office will be reimbursed about $11 billion for overpaying into federal workers’ retirement fund.
This bill will also slow or prevent the closing of several post offices that don’t bring in much revenue and have been slated to stop operations.
Saturday delivery services will continue for at least two years, allowing time for cost-cutting measures to go into effect.
The measure also gives the agency the opportunity to offer buyouts and early retirement incentives to its employees.
The postal service is trying to stay afloat financially, amid an age where more and more people are using the internet instead of traditional mail.