Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe announced in February that the Postal Service planned to halt Saturday mail delivery — but not Saturday parcel delivery — starting in August. He said the move would save the agency $2 billion a year. The Postal Service lost $15.9 billion last year.
A short-term budget that Congress and the president recently approved to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year includes language requiring six days of delivery.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has argued that the six-day delivery requirement does not specifically mandate mail distribution on those days. He contends that Saturday parcel delivery could satisfy the rule.
Issa criticized the postal board’s decision on Wednesday, saying the move was politically motivated.
“This reversal significantly undercuts the credibility of Postal officials who have told Congress that they were prepared defy political pressure and make difficult but necessary cuts,” the congressman said in a statement. “Despite some assertions, it’s quite clear that special interest lobbying and intense political pressure played a much greater role in the Postal Service’s change of heart than any real or perceived barrier to implementing what had been announced.”
The postal board has indicated that it still hopes to end Saturday mail delivery as Congress works toward a potential plan to overhaul the Postal Service. “Delaying responsible changes to the Postal Service business model only increases the potential that the Postal Service may become a burden to the American taxpayer, which is avoidable,” the group said in its statement.
E-mail email@example.com with news tips and other suggestions.