U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said he is glad that the U.S. Postal Service put forward a plan to keep open rural New Mexico post offices that were once identified for possible closure.
In a letter today to Bingaman, the Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe said rather than closing down thousands of rural post offices, it is taking a new approach. Instead, it will consider reducing the number of hours rural post offices are open.
"Post offices are often the center of rural communities. I am glad that the U.S. Postal Service has decided against the wholesale closing of dozens of rural New Mexico post offices. As the Postal Service moves ahead with its new plan, I will be working to ensure that our rural communities continue to be adequately served."
Congress is working on legislation aimed at bringing long-term solvency to the financially strapped Postal Service.