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Postal Service halts plan to abandon Saturday mail delivery

The U.S. Postal Service is dropping its plans to stop Saturday mail service, the agency announced Wednesday.

The board of governors for the Postal Service met Tuesday to discuss the continuing resolution that was recently passed by Congress to fund government operations, and the board noted that the resolution specifically prohibited the Postal Service from adopting a new delivery schedule.

The new schedule, previously planned to begin Aug. 5, would have limited mail delivery from Monday through Friday. Package delivery would have continued on a Monday-through-Saturday schedule.

"Although disappointed with this Congressional action, the board will follow the law and has directed the Postal Service to delay implementation of its new delivery schedule until legislation is passed that provides the Postal Service with the authority to implement a financially appropriate and responsible delivery schedule," the board of governors for the Postal Service said in a statement Wednesday.

"The board believes that Congress has left it with no choice but to delay this implementation at this time. 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," the statement continued.

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