Congress Could Force Saturday Mail to Continue
Spending bill includes 6-day-a-week measure
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 18, 2013 8:27 AM CDT
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)

(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.

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Mar 18, 2013 6:10 PM CDT
These jerks can't do ANYTHING right.
Mar 18, 2013 6:00 PM CDT
The only reason congress wants the Saturday mail delivery is so they can continue to flood your mailbox with their political lies and bullshit. By the way, they get free mailings. No stamp buying for them since WE pay for their service like their haircuts, parking and all the other bullshit they demand but don't deserve !
Mar 18, 2013 12:42 PM CDT
Blame the postal workers union.