DeFazio, Ore. lawmakers oppose postal service cuts

      SALEM, Ore. (AP) U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio and a group of Oregon state lawmakers are pushing for federal legislation they say would avoid the need for postal service cuts.

      DeFazio joined legislators and postal workers in a small rally on the steps of the state Capitol in Salem on Tuesday.

      DeFazio, a Democrat representing southwest Oregon, is trying to collect signatures on a petition to the White House. The petition asks whether the Obama administration supports proposed legislation that would prohibit certain cuts and eliminate a requirement for the U.S. Postal Service to prefund retirees' health care.

      Facing severe shortfalls, the U.S. Postal Service has proposed closing mail-processing facilities and some post offices. The USPS backed off earlier plans to eliminate Saturday delivery.