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first_imgAbout 60 postal workers from across Southwest Washington rallied outside the Vancouver office of U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler Tuesday to urge the congresswoman’s support for a bill that would rescue the U.S. Postal Service from crippling budget cuts.The service faces a multibillion-dollar shortfall due to the recession, rising use of the Internet and a 2006 law requiring it to prepay 75 years’ worth of retiree health benefits over a 10-year period.Congress is considering ending Saturday mail delivery, eliminating hundreds of mail processing centers and closing thousands of local post offices to balance the service’s budget. No post offices in Clark County are on the list being studied for closure.The Postal Service already has eliminated 200,000 jobs in a workforce of 700,000 over the past four years. Union leaders fear that further slashing service will drive businesses and customers to private shipping companies, costing the service even more in lost revenue. The Postal Service has received no tax revenue since the early 1980s; all its revenue comes from the sale of postal products and services.last_img read more

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