wpostServer: http://css.washingtonpost.com/wpost

The Post Most: Politics

Read In

Now Viewing: People from around the country looking at Post Politics section

See what's being read across the country ›

Social Surface: Politics

Federal Eye
Posted at 10:18 PM ET, 09/05/2011

Postal Service could lose $10 billion this year


(Justin Sullivan - GETTY IMAGES)
The U.S. Postal Service could lose up to $10 billion and have little more than a week’s worth of money left in the bank when its fiscal year ends Sept. 30, the nation’s top postmaster will tell Congress Tuesday.

Postal officials are hoping the latest numbers will finally compel lawmakers to grant them new legal authority to alter delivery schedules, close post offices and lay off hundreds of thousands of workers.

Competing legislative proposals from Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate are pending, and Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe wants lawmakers to vote by month’s end, when the Postal Service will have to pay more than $7 billion in statutory labor and health-care costs that Donahoe says are chiefly responsible for its financial collapse.

Continue reading this story >>

By  |  10:18 PM ET, 09/05/2011

Categories:  From The Pages of The Post, Postal Service

 
Read what others are saying
     

    © 2011 The Washington Post Company