White House points to House inaction on USPS

February 6, 2013

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that the president does not have an opinion on the announcement that the U.S. Postal Service will stop delivering mail on Saturdays. But he added that the Republican-controlled House had not passed legislation designed to help the USPS.

“We put forward a year and a half ago a series of proposals for reform of the postal service that would put it on much more firm financial ground and it passed the Senate," Carney said. "Unfortunately the House failed to take it up. So it would be our preference that that comprehensive package of reforms be implemented for the sake of a stronger future postal service.”

Carney said the USPS is an independent agency and that the White House only learned of the change, which takes effect in August, on Tuesday.

Polling in recent years shows that a majority of Americans support halting Saturday mail delivery to help the Postal Service deal with its financial problems.

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