Postal Service switch to five-day mail service lacks support

You’ll Have to Continue to Check Your Mailbox on Saturdays

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The Postal Service, which lost $16 billion last year, had announced last month its plan to switch to five-day mail service to save $2 billion annually.

Congress passed legislation today to continue delivery of first class mail on Saturdays.

All that is needed to make the Continuing Resolution law is for the President to sign it.  The Senate passed it on Wednesday.

“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 David Partenheimer, a spokesman for the Postal Service.

Saturday delivery of packages and pharmaceuticals would have continued.   Partenheimer said the USPS was attempting to both adapt to the changing needs of its customers, and decrease the financial burden on taxpayers. The plan would have taken effect in August.

The Postal Service, an independent agency not funded by taxpayers, has said it could need a taxpayer bailout of more than $47 billion by 2017 if Congress does not give it flexibility to change its operations.

There was support for the USPS plan, including an amendment to remove the six day delivery requirement, but it failed in both houses.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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