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USPS Cuts Saturday Delivery
Will keep package delivery, a rare bright spot for postal service
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2013 7:11 AM CST
Updated Feb 6, 2013 7:55 AM CST
Letter carrier Kevin Pownall delivers mail in Philadelphia, Tuesday, March 2, 2010.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Newser) – Our nation's mailboxes will soon begin to gather dust all weekend long: The US Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays in a move expected to save it $2 billion a year. An announcement from the postmaster general will come later today; he's expected to reveal an Aug. 1 start date, reports CBS News. All Saturday service won't come to a screeching halt, however. In a nod to one of the agency's strong points—package delivery has increased 14% since 2010—the USPS will continue to deliver packages six days a week, along with mail-order medicine and priority and express mail.

Mail will still be delivered to post office boxes on Saturdays, and offices now open on Saturdays will remain open. The USPS has pushed for the five-day delivery schedule for years, and it repeatedly but unsuccessfully appealed to Congress to approve the change, reports the AP. It's unclear if the USPS can push the move through without congressional approval, which is technically required; CBS reports that the service's lawyers say they've figured out a way to do so. Postal Service research has indicated that nearly 70% of Americans support the switch to five-day delivery. But don't expect the "how will we save the USPS" stories to cease once the new delivery schedule kicks in: The Postal Service lost $16 billion last year.

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thenet95
Feb 11, 2013 10:49 AM CST
Wait until thousands of layoffs begins
avian
Feb 9, 2013 2:30 PM CST
I really don't understand what's all the fuss is about. Nobody's gonna miss Saturday mail delivery. And they are still going to deliver packages on Saturday then what's the issue. Why are you politicizing it.
73tbird
Feb 7, 2013 4:14 PM CST
Wake up People U.S.P.S. is not the problem the G.O.P. Congress is , the U.S.P.S. is being forced to provide 75 years of retirement into an account in ten years ?, for what you ask , so the Post Office could become unable to sustain itself just like the country , so it can be torn apart and sold , and the public can be robbed without a gun , inform yourself , you will see how this STUPID LAW is ending the Post Office ability to remain a six day operation , Yes I'm a Retired Postal Worker with 38 years 9 months with the last 12 years as a electronic technician and I do care about the jobs of my fellow co-workers.