Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press
In this photo taken Feb. 24, 2012, mail is deposited into an outdoor postal box at the Sacramento Processing Center in West Sacramento, Calif.

WASHINGTON — The nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service is urging the House to quickly pass legislation to let it close low-revenue post offices and eliminate Saturday delivery.

The Postal Service board of governors met Friday. They stressed the limitations of a bill passed last week by the Senate, saying the measure makes it harder to close up to 252 mail-processing centers and 3,700 post offices. They say that would prevent the mail agency from regaining profitability.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has said he will start closing mail facilities sometime after May 15.

The agency said Friday it plans to move ahead with the closings in a "methodical and measured" way, considering the needs of rural communities.