Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Postal Service, facing a severe political backlash from Congress, has announced it will cancel plans to end Saturday mail delivery by this summer.
The USPS board of governors said in a statement
that its decision was based on the stopgap budget recently passed by Congress that prohibits implementation of the planned delivery change.
“The board believes that Congress has left it with no choice but to delay this implementation at this time,” it said. “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.”
To help it return to solvency, the USPS announced in February
that it planned to stop Saturday delivery of most mail by Aug. 5, including periodicals, first-class and standard mail, which is used most often for direct-mail advertising. Packages, mail-order medicines, priority and express mail would still have been delivered on Saturdays, and post offices that offer Saturday hours would have continued to do so.
The board of governors said it will continue to pursue a shift to five-day delivery of most mail, which it said will save it $2 billion annually. The USPS lost $15.9 billion in its last fiscal year ended Sept. 30.