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USPS Delays End of Saturday Mail Delivery

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The United States Postal Service says it will delay ending first-class mail delivery on Saturdays. 

USPS says the resolution by Congress to fund government operations has forced the service to postpone, until lawmakers give the Postal Service the authority to implement a financially appropriate and responsible delivery schedule.

USPS leaders say they're disappointed, but will continue to push to eliminate Saturday delivery. The Postal Service says that would save about $2 billion a year.

In February, USPS announced it would end delivery of first-class mail on Saturdays starting in August. Workers would continue to deliver packages, mail-order medicine, and express mail on Saturday, but not letters, bills, cards or catalogs.

The idea to reduce first-class delivery to five days a week has been kicked around for some time, but some members of Congress have resisted it. USPS does not use tax dollars to fund its day-to-day operations.