Saved by Congress . . . For Now


Congress is often the butt of many jokes. “The opposite of progress is Congress” right? Late night could write a best-seller on jokes geared toward Congress. Recently, however, Congress bought the American people some time in regards to the USPS’s efforts to rid itself of Saturday delivery.

The USPS planned to elimnate Saturday delivery no later than August 15, 2013 in hopes of saving $2 billion in annual costs. Packages would be delivered Monday-Saturday and regular mail Monday-Friday. This was one facet of a five-year business plan.

Congress prohibited the implementation of this plan, much to the chagrin of the USPS Board of Governors.

Though disappointed by the Congressional decision, they plan to follow the law and will recommend the Postal Service wait until legistlation has passed to implement the proposed schedule. They’re concerned that not changing their national delivery schedule will make them a burden on taxpayers.

So rejoice you fans of sitting in your favorite chair and reading through your Saturday mail. Congress has delayed what appears to be an inevitable move by the USPS to cut cost and get back on track.

Now if they would just do something about those long lines at the counter.

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