U.S. Postal Service spokesperson Mary Dando says seven Indiana mail processing centers slated for closure will remain open – for now. The USPS says it is giving Congress more time to pass legislation that would give it more options to stave off bankruptcy. That means some 252 mail processing centers and 3,700 post offices will hang around until at least mid-May.
In Indiana, that includes 80 postal branches and mail processing centers in Gary, South bend, Bloomington, Terre Haute, Muncie, Kokomo and Lafayette. The Postal Service is expected to default on a $5.5 billion treasury payment Friday and lose a record $14.1 billion next year.
Dando says legislation is pending that may help save the Postal Service.
“As we‘re on the brink of bankruptcy, we need action to be taken by Congress so the Postal Service can survive,” she says.
Dando says one piece of legislation would give the postal service back $6.9 billion that it paid into the federal employees retirement fund. Dando says the postal service is also holding off on the suspension of Saturday mail delivery while Congress works on other possible solutions.