USPS Wants $779M for Emergency Preparedness

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The U.S. Postal Service has asked President Bush to include $779 million for its emergency preparedness plan in the 2005 fiscal year federal budget he will send to Congress Feb. 2.


The postal service last received emergency preparedness funding in the 2002 fiscal year, when it got $762 million.


The USPS said that part of $779 million already has been spent, with the remainder to be spent in 2005.


"We are requesting [the funds] and continuing to install the equipment necessary to protect the customers and postal employees," USPS spokesman Jim Quirk said.


"If this money is not appropriated, it would have to be built into rates," said Bob McLean, executive director of the Mailers Council, though rates are not scheduled to not rise until 2006.


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