On February 6, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announced that the Postal Service plans to modify Saturday delivery beginning August 5th of this year. Letter mail and periodicals would no longer be delivered on Saturdays, but they would maintain delivery of packages, including vital mail-order medicine as well as other priority and express mail options. Donahoe stated that this common-sense reform would save the Postal Service more than two billion annually.

The current congressional language prohibiting the Saturday change expires March 27. If Congress wants to stop the Postal Service, they’ll have to do so before then.

Donahoe said the USPS can work with Congress to address any concerns. The move will eliminate 45 million work hours and 22,500 jobs. It also will allow the USPS to eliminate overtime. All changes will be done without layoffs.

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