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Congress orders Post Office to still deliver mail on Saturdays

By Robert Kirchgassner ,

Congress passed legislation Thursday which requires the Postal Service to maintain its mail delivery on Saturdays.

In February, the service announced plans to halt mail delivery on Saturdays due to financial difficulties. The service reportedly lost $16 billion in 2012. The switch to a five day delivery service was intended to save $2 billion a year.

According to Reuters, the House of Representatives approved the measure a day after the Senate did.

"Once the delivery schedule language in the Continuing Resolution becomes law, we will discuss it with our Board of Governors to determine our next steps," said Postal Service spokesman David Partenheimer.

A reason for the service’s financial troubles, which constitute a loss of $25 million a day, is that more Americans are communicating online. This has led some to speculate that the service could be out of money by October unless Congress provides assistance.

Polls indicate that the majority of Americans are willing to give up getting mail on Saturday in order to avoid an expensive bailout.

“This is typical Washington—wanting to have our cake and eat it, too,” said Senator Bob Corker, (R-Tn.), who, according to The Chattanoogan, supports cutting Saturday mail delivery.

“We all know that we need to allow the Postal Service the flexibility to make necessary reforms and cut costs so it can operate more efficiently and effectively, and yet Congress continues to stand in the way. This is a missed opportunity to enable the Postal Service to enact reforms it sees are necessary in order to reduce risk for taxpayers.”

 
 

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