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Udall backs delaying closure of rural post offices

U.S. Sen. Max Baucus talks to Ingomar, Mont., area residents about proposed rural post office closures he is trying to prevent Thursday, April 12, 2012. (AP photo/Matt Gouras)

DENVER (AP) – Colorado Sen. Mark Udall is backing an effort to prevent the closure of rural post offices for at least two years.

Udall joined other senators in backing the amendment to a bill reforming the U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday.

The Senate is weighing whether to give the ailing Postal Service a short-term cash infusion while delaying most decisions on closing post offices and ending Saturday mail delivery.

Seventy-one post offices are up for possible closure in Colorado. Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead has also protested the possible closure of up to 43 post offices there. That’s about a third of all outlets in the state.

The Postal Service previously agreed to delay any closings until May 15 to give time for Congress to act.

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