A  U.S. senate panel passed provisions championed by senator Jon Tester that would protect montana postal services. The legislation, if passed into law, would prevent the postal service from using taxpayer funds to close small or rural post offices. The postal service recently proposed shutting 85 post offices across Montana. Tester’s approved legislation also keeps the postal service from cutting mail service from six to five days a week. Senator  Tester says the postal service needs to do its homework before making any changes to postal services across montana.

The bill also prevents the postal service from moving area mail processing centers and other postal facilities without fully examining all consequences and costs.