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Postal Service Backs Down on Cutting Saturday Mail

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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is putting off plans to stop its Saturday mail delivery because Congress isn’t allowing the change.

The postal service had announced earlier this year that it was planning to cut back mail delivery service to five days per week starting in August. The cutback, which would end delivery of all mail except for packages, was expected to save about $2 billion per year.

But Congress’ approval of a temporary spending plan that continues a long-time prohibition against reducing mail delivery days “has left [the USPS] with no choice but to delay implementation” of its five-day-a-week service, according to the postal service’s Board of Governors.

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