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Congressman DeFazio blasts USPS for cutbacks

The U.S. Postal Service is moving forward with plans to close 252 processing facilities, end next-day mail service, and restrict service to rural areas.

In a House Speech Oregon Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio Monday blasted the Postmaster General for the move. More than 28 thousand people could lose their jobs.

"This is an incredible blow to our economy. They are talking about closing processing centers. Let me just be specific. In my area, they are talking about closing the Eugene-Springfield processing center. That means if I mail a letter from Springfield to Eugene, which is six or seven miles away, it will be carried by truck to Portland, Oregon and sorted there and trucked back down, sometime, that week," DeFazio said.

Postal Service Vice President David Williams says the agency is "responding to current market conditions". The Postal Service has said it needs to make cuts of $20 billion by 2015 to be profitable.

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