Postal Service rebuffs senators’ pleas to save processing centers

The head of the U.S. Postal Service said the 2015 closure of 82 postal service processing centers nationwide, including facilities in Springfield and Cape Girardeau, is a necessity. That assertion comes despite an effort by Missouri Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill, along with 28 other senators, to delay the shuttering of the facilities.

The USPS targeted the 82 centers as part of a downsizing effort made necessary by a drop in mail volume and a congressional requirement that the service pre-pay most of its retiree health benefits.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahue said the targeted facilities handle only about 4 percent of the postal service’s mail, and their closure will have a “minimal impact.”

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