Fifty U-S senators are trying to stop the U-S Postal Service from closing any more facilities in the next fiscal year.
They've written the Senate Appropriations Committee, asking for a one-year moratorium on postal shutdowns as part of a catch-all, year-end spending bill. Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin helped circulate the letter to her colleagues. That was after the Postal Service said in July it would close the Madison, Wausau, Eau Claire, and La Crosse mail distribution centers by October of 2015. Six Republicans are among the 50 seeking action. Wisconsin's Ron Johnson is not among them. On Monday, the post office announced another quarterly loss of two-billion dollars. It did report a two-percent increase in operating revenues due mainly to a growth in package deliveries. Congress has talked for a long time about reforming the post office, but no legislation has been passed. In the absence of that, the Postal Service has closed 141 processing facilities since 2012. Eighty-two more are on the chopping block for the next year. The four Wisconsin offices on that list had escaped closures in the first round of cuts.