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Mail Delivery to Stop on Saturdays

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WASHINGTON (WLNS) - The Postal Service announced Wednesday that Saturday mail delivery will come to an end in August. Under the plan, aimed at saving up to $2 billion a year, first-class mail would go to homes and businesses from Monday through Friday. Packages would still be delivered on Saturday.

PO Boxes, mail order medicines, priority and express mail and packages are still expected to be delivered on Saturdays.

 

The postmaster general, Patrick Donahoe, says research indicates that nearly 7 in 10 Americans support the switch to five-day delivery as a way for the Postal Service to reduce costs.

"You have more and more people going online. They're ordering packages and they're ordering products," said Sabrina Todd, U.S. Postal Service spokesperson. "We've discovered a huge growth in the package delivery business."   

It's not clear how the service will be able to eliminate Saturday mail without congressional approval. Over the past several years, the Postal Service has advocated shifting to a five-day delivery schedule for mail and packages, and it unsuccessfully appealed to Congress to approve the move. The postal service gets no tax dollars for its day-to-day operations, but it is still subject to congressional control.

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