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Senate bill could save EC mail processing center

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - A move in the U.S. Senate could put a stop to plans to close the mail processing center in Eau Claire.

Nearly 100 people work at the processing plant on Hogarth Street. Last year the postal service said it would move the operations to St. Paul. That wouldn't happen until May at the earliest. But now, eight U.S. Senators have introduced a bill that would spare the Eau Claire facility and four others in the state.

The bill's authors say it would help the agency keep up with the times by allowing the postal service to ship wine and beer, issue fishing and hunting licenses, and notarize documents. They say it would also clear the way for the postal service to help customers take advantage of e-mail and internet services which are the very things blamed for a large drop in mail volumes.

The bill would also preserve Saturday mail service. The senators say their plan would be paid for by eliminating a law that forces the postal service to pre-fund 75 years in future health care benefits for retirees over the course of 10 years.

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