— The U.S. Postal Service backed down from its plan
to eliminate Saturday mail delivery because Congress
barred it, officials said Wednesday.
its governing board said it's not possible for the
financially ailing agency to meet cost-cutting goals
without altering its delivery schedule. Delaying
"responsible changes," the board said, only
makes it more likely that the Postal Service "may
become a burden" to taxpayers.
Postal Service said in February that it planned to
switch to five-day-a-week deliveries beginning in
August for everything except packages as a way to hold
that announcement was a gamble. The agency essentially
was asking Congress to drop from spending legislation
the longtime ban on five-day-only delivery. Congress
did not do that when it passed a spending measure last
including restrictive language ... Congress has
prohibited implementation of a new national delivery
schedule for mail and package," the postal Board
of Governors said in a statement Wednesday.
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," it said.
board made the decision in a closed meeting Tuesday.
said that to restore the service to long-term
financial stability, the agency must have the
flexibility to reduce costs and come up with new
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," the board statement said.
said "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."