USPS Saturday Delivery Elimination Plan Thwarted: Congress Left Postal Service 'With No Choice' But To Abandon Proposal

 

After months of speculation that the demise of Saturday delivery from the U.S. Postal Service was coming in August, Americans will be getting their mail on Saturday, after all.

The postal service’s Board of Governors said Congress “has left it with no choice” but to abandon the plan to stop Saturday mail delivery, the Associated Press reports.

Citing financial losses, the U.S. Postal Service planned to cut back deliveries for all mail except packages on Saturdays. The agency lost $16 billion in 2012.

But Congress thwarted that plan after it passed a spending bill that includes a provision prohibiting such a move, according to AP.

The move to cut back to five days of mail delivery would have saved the post office $2 billion a year.

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., were among the legislators leading the charge against ending Saturday delivery.

"The Board of Governors has a fiduciary responsibility to utilize its legal authority to implement modified six-day mail delivery as recently proposed,” they wrote in a letter to the postal service late last month, according to Reuters.

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