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Bingaman: Postal Service Will Not Close Rural New Mexico Post Offices

Press Release

Location: Washington, DC

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.

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