The United States Postal Service (USPS) is backing off their previous plans to cancel Saturday mail service later this summer, claiming lack of action action by Congress. The USPS cites that Congress did not remove language in a recent spending bill that requires mail to be delivered six days a week.
The Postal Service issued a statement through their blog: “Although disappointed with this Congressional action, the Board will follow the law and has directed the Postal Service to delay implementation of its new delivery schedule until legislation is passed that provides the Postal Service with the authority to implement a financially appropriate and responsible delivery schedule.”
The USPS, who announced the changes to the schedule in February, has said that they will wait until the restrictive language is removed from the budget or for some sort of comprehensive postal reform before they implement the new delivery system, which was set to go into effect in early August.
The USPS has taken a number of measures to stay afloat during these difficult financial times. Along with reducing the number of delivery days, they have cut employment by 28% as well limited the hours of Post offices in rural areas.
The organization routinely runs at a deficit and lost over $15 billion last year.
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