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Congress forcing Postal Service to keep Saturday mail delivery

Congress has passed legislation to require the U.S. Postal Service to continue Saturday mail delivery, according to reports.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Congress has passed legislation to require the U.S. Postal Service to continue Saturday mail delivery, according to reports.

Reuters reports that the House of Representatives approved the legislation on Thursday after the Senate did the same on Wednesday. It now heads to the president.

According to Marketwatch, a lawyer for the Government Accountability Office told a member of the House that the USPS can not legally cut Saturday delivery, and the six-day requirement has been passed into law every year since 1987.

The USPS is an independent organization and does not receive taxpayer money. However, Congress does have control over certain aspects of the agency.

In February, when announcing the plan to cut Saturday delivery, the Postal Service said it would save $2 billion a year.

The USPS has been dealing with financial problems in recent years and reported a $16 billion loss in 2012.

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