Senate OKs Post Office Overhaul

Measure aims to save organization from default; Postal Service estimates it would save $19 bln a year.

The Senate passed a Postal Service overhaul bill intended to save the cash-strapped organization from default.

The measure was passed 62-37. The bill would make it harder for the Postal Service to close facilities, authorize it to provide non-postal products and services, revise payments to two federal funds that provide worker retirement benefits, and install an innovation officer to create new business practices.

Vote By Mail

Other adopted amendments would prohibit, through the November election, closings of postal facilities in states that use vote-by-mail procedures, and set a one-year moratorium on rural post office closures, with some exceptions.

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