Postal officials have decided to postpone a decision on closing rural post offices.
The United States Postal Service has agreed to delay closing 3,700 post offices nationwide. Twelve senators, including Sen. Ben Nelson, requested the postponement to give Congress time to enact postal reform that they hope might save enough money to keep the post offices open.
The proposal targeted 90 rural post offices in Nebraska for closing.
“Closing post offices before we try to fix the system is putting the cart before the horse, so today’s decision to delay any closings until next May is good news,” Nelson said in a written statement. “With 90 rural post offices targeted for closure in Nebraska, we have to remember that the USPS was created to provide a public service.”
The Postal Service has been swimming in red ink and is considering a number of steps to balance its budget.