Senate votes to slow closing of post offices

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Senate votes to slow closing of post offices

Associated Press – The Senate offered a lifeline to the nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday, voting to give the struggling agency an $11 billion cash infusion while delaying controversial decisions on closing post offices and ending Saturday delivery.

By a 62-37 vote, senators approved a measure that had divided mostly along rural-urban lines. Over the past several weeks, the bill was modified more than a dozen times, adding new restrictions on closings and cuts to service that rural-state senators said would hurt their communities the most.

Ohio’ senators split on the issue, with Democrat Sherrod Brown voting in favor of the bill and Republican Rob Portman voting against it.

The House is due to consider its own version of the bill.

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