Postal service declares 5-month moratorium on closure - Prolonging the inevitable

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Thousands of local post offices across the nation have won a temporary reprieve before the may ultimately be forced to close their doors.

Less than a week after Sen. Claire McCaskill and a group of her colleagues signed a letter calling for a five-month delay in postal facility closures, the U.S. Postal Service has agreed to put any potential closures on hold until May 15 to allow time to implement cost-saving reforms.

“I'm glad that we have convinced the Postal Service to put the brakes on closing any post offices for (five) months so that we have time to enact reforms for the long-term health of the postal service and protect communities,” McCaskill said in a written statement Tuesday.

McCaskill has been a vocal critic of a plan that calls for 3,700 local post offices in mostly rural parts of the country – including 167 in Missouri. The formal request for a closure moratorium came just days after the U.S. Postal Service announced that it was considering possibly closing 252 of its mail-processing centers and eliminating next-day delivery service.