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Chairman of Postal Subcommittee: 'Step in the Right Direction'

10:36 AM, Feb 6, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The U.S. Postal Service will soon end Saturday delivery in the United States, except for packages, which will be delivered six days a week. Congressman Blake Farenthold, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service, and Census, calls the Postal Service's decision a "step in the right direction."

Blake Farenthold

"The move today by the Postal Service to end Saturday delivery is a step in the right direction," Farenthold says in a statement.  "This $2 billion a year savings will ensure that taxpayers are not left footing the bill in the future.  It is important to remember this plan only applies to mail, like bills and magazines.  Packages and mail-order medicine will still be delivered on Saturday, and post offices open on Saturday will remain open.  The USPS has put forward a responsible plan that helps them regain their financial solvency."

The AP reports that sending mail has decreased (while sending packages has seen a recent uptick).

"The move accentuates one of the agency's strong points — package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010, officials say, while the delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet services," reports the AP.

"Under the new plan, mail would be delivered to homes and businesses only from Monday through Friday, but would still be delivered to post office boxes on Saturdays. Post offices now open on Saturdays would remain open on Saturdays."

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