Postal Service Drops Plan To End Saturday Delivery
Thanks once again to the interference of Congress, the Postal Service has dropped it’s plan to end Saturday mail delivery:
The struggling U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is backing away from its plan to cancel Saturday mail delivery, saying recent congressional action gave them no choice.
USPS’s Board of Governors said in a Wednesday statement that it still backed the agency’s plan to no longer deliver letters and other pieces of first-class mail six days a week, a move the Postal Service says will save some $2 billion a year
But the board said that the passage of a stopgap spending measure last month – which kept language mandating six-day delivery – had tied USPS’s hands.
“Although disappointed with this Congressional action, the board will follow the law and has directed the Postal Service to delay implementation of its new delivery schedule until legislation is passed that provides the Postal Service with the authority to implement a financially appropriate and responsible delivery schedule,” the postal board of governors said in a statement.
“The board believes that Congress has left it with no choice but to delay this implementation at this time.”
USPS, which is currently bleeding some $25 million a day, would have continued to move packages – a rare bright spot in the agency’s bottom line – under their modified delivery plan, which was announced in February and was to go into effect in August.
As I’ve said before, I see no reason why Congress should be dictating business practices like this. If the USPS believes that it is prudent to restructure by eliminating Saturday delivery, they should be as free as any other business to make that decision.