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Apr 22, 2012 1:54 PM by Matt Stafford

Plan to close post offices put on hold... for now

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A plan to shutter 53 post offices across Colorado and hundreds of others elsewhere in the nation has been put on hold - at least for now.

David Rupert, spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service's Colorado operations, tells the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel the service planned to close the post offices by May 15. But because Congress hasn't acted on a request to make changes to the service, including ending Saturday delivery, the closures have been postponed indefinitely.

The Postal Service says it needs to begin closing low-revenue post offices and mail processing centers this year in an effort to become profitable.

Rupert says it's unclear when federal lawmakers will allow the changes. He adds that dozens of amendments already are attached to the measure, some of which have nothing to do with mail delivery.

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