Congress Could Force Saturday Mail to Continue

Spending bill includes 6-day-a-week measure

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 18, 2013 8:27 AM CDT

(Newser) – Congress is poised to derail plans to limit Saturday mail, via a spending bill that contains a provision for six-day-a-week mail. The provision, the same measure seen for the past 30 years, has already passed the House, and the Senate could vote tomorrow. But some Republicans say it's time for a change in accordance with the USPS' wishes. If the measure passes, "Congress will be hamstringing the Postal Service, hastening its demise, and probably adding additional financial burdens to US taxpayers," says Sen. Bob Corker.

Corker and Sen. Tom Coburn have proposed an amendment ridding the bill of the six-day measure, but the amendment isn't likely to pass, the Wall Street Journal reports. Still, even as it stands, "nothing in the language passed by the House prevents" limiting Saturday service, says Republican Rep. Darrell Issa. A Postal Service official, however, disagrees. "If the language stays," it's unlikely Saturday mail would be reduced, she notes. Regardless, the Postal Service will keep planning for the change in August, says a rep.

A US Postal Service employee pushes a cart full of mail through a patch of sunlight outside of an office building in Baltimore, Thursday, March 7, 2013.
A US Postal Service employee pushes a cart full of mail through a patch of sunlight outside of an office building in Baltimore, Thursday, March 7, 2013.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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