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Postal Service to end Saturday deliveries

By Robert Kirchgassner ,

In another effort to ease its financial troubles, the U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that it would end first-class mail deliveries on Saturdays.

USA Today reported that the move is designed to save $2 billion annually. The plan will take effect Aug. 5.

"It's an important part of our strategy to return to financial stability," said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.

However, he added that package delivery, which is still strong due to online purchasing, will continue on Saturdays. Deliveries which will be delayed include magazines, catalogs and movies rented from Netflix.

However, some on Capitol Hill are opposed to this plan, believing it will unnecessarily delay much-needed deliveries, such as Social Security checks.

"This is bad news for Alaskans and small-business owners who rely on timely delivery to rural areas," said Democratic Sen. Mark Begich.

A postal bill which would have kept Saturday deliveries in effect for two more years was passed in the Senate in 2012, but stalled when it reached the House.

"We wouldn't be in this situation if the House had done its job and passed a bill," Begich said.

But Donahoe is confident that the end of Saturday deliveries is the correct course of action.

“It’s irresponsible for us not to pursue this course,” he said. “It’s too big of a cost savings to ignore.”

According to the Washington Post, the Postal Service has lost nearly $16 billion in the last fiscal year.

 
 

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