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Monday March 19, 2012 | 04:55 PM

Sen. Susan Collins says the U.S. Postal Service is heading down a “disastrous” path of misguided cuts to facilities and services that will cost it customers.

The Maine Republican says she worries that the Postal Service’s current plan of action could undermine a bipartisan reform bill she and several other senators are crafting.

“I hope my concerns can be addressed,” Collins said on the Senate floor this afternoon. “But for now, is it futile to move ahead on postal reform legislation? “If the Postmaster General chases away his customer base with price hikes and service cuts before we can enact legislation to stop him, are we just wasting time trying to pass a bill that can no longer save the Postal Service?”

Collins criticized the Postal Service last month when it announced that it would stop processing mail in Hampden and move that operation to a processing facility in Scarborough after mid-May, part of a nationwide consolidation of mail-processing facilities that will likely slow the delivery of first-class mail.

It isn't precisely when the Postal Service reform bill might hit the Senate floor for debate, the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has indicated it could be soon.


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