Blunt, McCaskill challenge postal service consolidation

Missouri Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill were part of a group of 28 senators who sent a letter to the postmaster general saying the U.S. Postal Service is not following its own guidelines for evaluating service standards and considering issues for local customers. The letter comes in the face of a postal service plan to consolidate up to 82 mail processing centers nationwide, including facilities in Springfield and Cape Girardeau.

The senators’ letter also follows a report, issued by the office of the USPS inspector general, showing that the service did not complete certain parts of area mail processing feasibility studies.

The second phase of the USPS consolidation is scheduled for April.

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