Congress: Not so fast on ending Saturday postal service
PAULINE JELINEK Associated Press March 21, 2013 3:56PM
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WASHINGTON — The new spending bill passed by Congress continues the requirement for six-day mail delivery, but some lawmakers and postal officials say plans to cut Saturday service should proceed.
The financially troubled postal service last month announced it would switch in August to five-day service for first-class mail but continue six-day package delivery. The government at the time was running on a temporary spending measure and postal officials invited lawmakers to spell out the way ahead in the 2013 spending bill. That sweeping funding bill was approved Thursday without new language.
Some lawmakers say a long-standing provision in the bill mandates six-day delivery. Postal authorities argue they still will have delivery over six days. The difference is that not all mail will be delivered all six days.