File photo of Dedham, Iowa residents discussing the closing of the local post office

 
File photo of Dedham, Iowa residents  discussing the closing of the local post office
Cindy Riesselman (L) and Deborah Meiners discuss the effects that the closing of the local post office would have on their town, in Dedham, Iowa, in this January 31, 2012 file photo. As the U.S. Postal Service limps along, bleeding billions of dollars every financial quarter, congressional leaders are looking to a group of outspoken rural lawmakers for help with a dramatic restructuring of the agency. Rural Americans say they regard their local post offices as the centers of their communities. With UPS and FedEx service limited or more expensive in some areas, many rely on the Postal Service to deliver medicines, while families need it to pay bills and small businesses and craftsmen use it to ship goods to customers. REUTERS/Brian C. Frank/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS)