Congress Tells USPS It Must Keep Saturday Delivery

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The mail will continue to run on Saturday, if President Barack Obama signs into law a continuing resolution Congress approved Thursday.

The U.S. Postal Service, a cost-recovery operation, announced in February it planned to end Saturday delivery of first-class mail this summer, a move intended to save $2 billion a year. USPS lost about $16 billion in 2012. The new schedule would still have allowed for package deliveries on Saturdays.

But Congress, in its passage of a new spending bill Thursday, included with no changes existing language that has mandated that the USPS deliver mail six days per week.

Postal officials maintain that the six-day requirement technically should allow the service to exercise more control over what category of mail it continues to deliver on Saturdays.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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