Saturday Mail Delivery to Continue as Congress Passes Legislation

The United States Postal Service had planned to end Saturday delivery of first class mail in August.

Congress has passed legislation requiring the United States Postal Service to continue six-day delivery, according to a Reuters report posted on The Huffington Post. The postal service announced in February its plans to end Saturday mail delivery in August, while continuing to deliver packages.

The plan was expected to save $2 billion annually.

What do you think about the federal government's decision to require six-day mail delivery? Is Saturday mail delivery important to you? Tell us in comments.

According to the Reuters report, the House of Representatives gave final approval of the legislation, known as a continuing resolution, on Thursday. The Senate approved the measure Wednesday. Several polls have shown a majority of the public supports ending six-day delivery of first-class mail, the report says. 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, and some experts have predicted the agency could run out of money by October. 

The USPS has locations throughout Barrow County, including post offices in Auburn, Bethlehem, Statham and Winder. 

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G. Baysinger March 21, 2013 at 10:28 PM
YES very important! M<y pay check comes on Saturday.
Michael Robinson March 22, 2013 at 02:14 PM
The great thing about the USPS is that it's a government thing that runs like a business. Or did. The USPS violated the popular notion that government can do nothing right, so it had to be killed. And congress was clever enough to make it look like the USPS was doing wrong, so it would be easier to get the public to support the execution. I don't think it's going to work. The USPS is deservedly popular, and more credible than most other government agencies.
Michael Robinson March 22, 2013 at 02:22 PM
That said, I think funding pensions long-term was a good idea, especially in such uncertain times, but the USPS is struggling to meet the obligation congress put on them. If congress wants to keep the obligation, it needs to be willing to discuss the terms of the obligation.


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