Post Office not canceling Saturday delivery

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Updated: 4/10/2013 4:16 pm Published: 4/10/2013 10:26 am

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service says it will delay plans to cut Saturday mail delivery because Congress isn't allowing the change.

The Postal Service said in February that it planned to cut back in August to five-day-a-week deliveries for everything except packages, as a way to hold down losses.

But a statement Wednesday from agency's Board of Governors notes that Congress has passed a spending bill that continues the long-time prohibition against reducing delivery days.

As a result, the board says it believe that Congress "has left it with no choice but to delay implementation" of the five-day-a-week plan.

Oklahoma senator Tom Coburn is not happy with the decision, releasing this statement:

“It is unfortunate the USPS Board of Governors has reversed course and further delayed structural reforms that are needed to ensure the solvency and longevity of the postal service,” Dr. Coburn said. “Turning away from previous plans to institute a modified Saturday delivery significantly stalls any momentum Postal officials were building to responsibly manage their operation. Instead, Postal Officials have succumbed to parochial-minded micromanagers in Congress. We need one postmaster, not 536.”

“This reversal cannot continue forever due to the changing business model of mail services. Nevertheless, I look forward to working further with the Postal Service on comprehensive reform that will protect taxpayers and ensure fiscal solvency of the organization.”

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