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Should The Post Office Keep Saturday Mail?

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There has been talk of the United States Postal Service ending Saturday mail delivery for years now. In recent months it appeared to be getting closer to reality.

Do you want to see Saturday mail stay, or is it better off as a thing of the past? Let us know in the comments.

Congress recently passed a resolution that the USPS claims gives it no choice but to backtrack on getting rid of Saturday mail. The new schedule (which would have seen packages continue to be delivered on Saturdays) was set to take effect in early August. Now it remains to be seen how long we’ll be able to enjoy Saturday mail.

The USPS says the plan would have saved about $2 billion a year, and would help restore the USPS to financial stability as it continues to face obstacles of the era (digital and otherwise). At least the USPS (as far as we know) is still launching a clothing line.

Rep. Darrell Issa has scheduled a hearing for next week to analyze the “motivations” for the move. He’s quoted by The Washington Times:

“The Postal Service’s decision to first pursue modified Saturday delivery and then renege on its cost-cutting plan has seriously set back efforts to advance postal reform legislation,” said Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. “This hearing will allow us to review a wide variety of options to bring the troubled agency back from insolvency.”

Rep. Blake Farenthold, who chairs the House subcommittee that oversees the USPS, disagrees with the approach the Post Office is taking now. Chron reports:

Farenthold disagreed with the board’s assessment, saying that he thinks the language in place does not bar cutting Saturday deliveries.

“Contrary to the Board of Governors’ decision, blaming a congressional mandate for preventing implementation of modified Saturday delivery, I believe that the modified 6-day delivery met all congressional requirements for moving forward,” Farenthold said in a hearing on Wednesday.

Following is the USPS’s full statement:

The Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service met April 9 and discussed the Continuing Resolution recently passed by Congress to fund government operations. By including restrictive language in the Continuing Resolution, Congress has prohibited implementation of a new national delivery schedule for mail and packages, which would consist of package delivery Monday through Saturday and mail delivery Monday through Friday, and which would have taken effect the week of Aug. 5, 2013.

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 Board believes that Congress has left it with no choice but to delay this implementation at this time. The Board also wants to ensure that customers of the Postal Service are not unduly burdened by ongoing uncertainties and are able to adjust their business plans accordingly.

The Board continues to support the transition to a new national delivery schedule. Such a transition will generate approximately $2 billion in annual cost savings and is a necessary part of a larger five-year business plan to restore the Postal Service to long-term financial stability. According to numerous polls, this new delivery schedule is widely supported by the American public. Our new delivery schedule is also supported by the Administration and some members of Congress.

To restore the Postal Service to long-term financial stability, the Postal Service requires the flexibility to reduce costs and generate new revenues to close an ever widening budgetary gap. It is not possible for the Postal Service to meet significant cost reduction goals without changing its delivery schedule – any rational analysis of our current financial condition and business options leads to this conclusion. 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.

Given these extreme circumstances and the worsening financial condition of the Postal Service, the Board has directed management to seek a reopening of negotiations with the postal unions and consultations with management associations to lower total workforce costs, and to take administrative actions necessary to reduce costs. The Board has also asked management to evaluate further options to increase revenue, including an exigent rate increase to raise revenues across current Postal Service product categories and products not currently covering their costs.

The Board continues to support the Postal Service’s five-year business plan and the legislative goals identified in that plan, which will return the Postal Service to financial solvency. The Board additionally urges Congress to quickly pass comprehensive postal legislation, including provisions that would affirmatively provide the Postal Service with the ability to establish an appropriate national delivery schedule.

Do you agree with the USPS? Should the post office keep Saturday mail? Tell us what you think.

Should The Post Office Keep Saturday Mail?
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  • http://outdoorletters.com E J Miller

    The problem: a burden no other agency or company bears, a 2006 law that drains $5 billion a year from post office revenue, while the Postal Service is forced to overpay billions more into federal accounts. Congress created this problem, and Congress can fix it. Forcing the payment of retirement and health care cost 75 years into the future is not rational. Who else is forced to do this?

  • http://www.spencerwebdesign.com Sue

    Get rid of Saturday delivery! I am so disgusted by selfish, misguided politicians.

    • Lisa

      Absolutely get rid of it! To be such an advanced country- we are surely too oils fashioned for the times! I plan on evaluating the self guided politicians very thoroughly before voting in the next election for congress!

  • http://www.willisallen.com San Diego Local

    I don’t see not receiving mail on Saturday having a huge impact on my life but I am curious to see how it would effect services like Netflix a GameFly. Granted, I think the majority of their service is streaming, I would think having one less day of shipping would have a fairly large impact of their turn-around rates.

  • Pennie Pyle

    Without Saturday delivery of our medications my mom and I both risk a health crisis!

    • Lisa

      You don’t need Saturday mail to survive! You can arrange for meds to be delivered by priority. I get my meds through the mail & frankly they’ve never arrived on a Saturday. Prioritize your orders & get with the times. Times are a changing! I read where Australia hasn’t had Saturday in years & they have survived…

  • http://www.linkedin.com/pub/robert-alan-yeatts-jr/57/b46/b56 Robert Alan Yeatts Jr

    The only way they can keep saturday mail would be if the government picks up the tab. That’s really up to the voters. I don’t know what it would be like to not have have a public mail service. Some things would be complicated in that situation.

  • Lisa

    ABSOLUTELY END SATURDAY MAIL… WHAT A SILLY WASTE OF MONEY… USPS must move forward with the times, this is not the year of the pony express or the messenger but rather hi tech electronics and with mobile banking (you can even make a deposit with a smart phone these days)- who really needs to get mail delivery on Saturday to survive, not even people who get mail delivery of medicine, they can arrange the delivery from Monday through Friday. STUPIDITY is costing our country way to much money… There needs to be a serious “house cleaning” in Congress & hopefully that will start with the next election. As for the mail carriers organization, that is what is wrong now, they have been given too many benefits all these years unlike other businesses are able to offer and that is part of the reason they are broke…

  • http://None Betty Jane Covington

    I really think the mail delivery on Saturdays should continue,,not only just for me,,but also it will keep more postal workers employed on their jobs so they can continue to earn a living for themselves and their families..
    Betty jane Covington

  • Paul Stein

    Stop Saturday 1st class delivery.

  • Paul Stein

    I think we can all live without regular mail delivery on Saturday.

  • Jim Mc Gillivray

    I don’t know why the post office doesn’t place a delivery price like $20.00 to $30.00 for delivery cost for all deliveries, just like we get monthly bills from other sources.
    I am sure people would prefer this than what they get now, or what you plan to do.
    and is cheaper than maintaining post boxes at the end of the street and junk mail collections. .

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