TARRYTOWN, N.Y. – The U.S. Postal Service is suspending its plan to eliminate Saturday mail service because of Congressional actions, the Board of Governors said Wednesday .
Congress included “restrictive language” in a continuing resolution that would prohibit the Postal Service's plans to deliver mail on weekdays and packages Monday through Saturday. The plan was set to take effect in August.
“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 board said in a statement. “The Board believes that Congress has left it with no choice but to delay this implementation at this time. The Board also wants to ensure that customers of the Postal Service are not unduly burdened by ongoing uncertainties and are able to adjust their business plans accordingly.”
The Postal Service says the delivery changes would have saved $2 billion and helped the organization in its quest for financial stability.
The Board of Governors said Wednesday it has decided to reopen negotiations with unions and management associations to lower costs, as well as begun evaluations on increasing revenue.
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