But change is not the biggest factor in the agency's predicament â¿¿ Congress is. The majority of the service's red ink comes from a 2006 law forcing it to pay about $5.5 billion a year into future retiree health benefits, something no other agency does. Without that payment â¿¿ $11.1 billion in a two-year installment last year â¿¿ and related labor expenses, the mail agency sustained an operating loss of $2.4 billion for the past fiscal year, lower than the previous year.Congress also has stymied the service's efforts to close some post offices in small towns.
Goodbye Saturday Mail? Postal Service Plans Cuts
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