USPS Won't Cut Saturday Mail After All
Post Office says Congress left it no choice
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 10, 2013 10:52 AM CDT
A USPS mail carrier turns down the flag on a mailbox in this file photo.   (David Goldman)

(Newser) – The US Postal Service says it will delay plans to cut Saturday mail delivery because Congress isn't allowing the change. As expected, Congress "has left [USPS] with no choice but to delay implementation" of the five-day-a-week plan, the agency's Board of Governors said in a statement today.

The Postal Service said in February that it planned to cut back in August to five-day-a-week deliveries for everything except packages, as a way to hold down losses. But Congress has since passed a spending bill that continues the long-time prohibition against reducing delivery days.

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augie2
Apr 11, 2013 12:24 AM CDT
Stupid move. Saturday mail delivery is a waste of money.
IMO
Apr 10, 2013 8:59 PM CDT
Snail mail is going the way of the dodo bird due to cell & internet. Why in the world do we need 6 day delivery for a fraction of the usage? A typical Hallmark store now devotes only a couple of isles to greeting cards ~ because, when was the last time you BOUGHT a card to SEND it? The last time you sent a LETTER instead of an eMail, text or your "free" unlimited calling plan? Online bill viewing and payment has increased to the point many no longer need the USPS for even monthly bills. A lot of companies (think US gov SS) now force direct deposit. So you don't get a bill or pay a bill thru the mail. To keep the USPS solvent, they need to cut back to FOUR days a week. Oooopppps. I forgot ... politicians need 6 day delivery for all of their vastly discounted garbage mailings I don't want anyway! 95% of the mail we receive is bulk mailing where the companies pay pennies on the dollar compared to the price of a stamp for Average Joe. We're (again) supporting big business and gov. So ... what else is new?
onbeshero
Apr 10, 2013 8:23 PM CDT
Yeah! I love my US mail! To celebrate I'm gonna buy a book of stamps!