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Kentucky Press News Service
The U.S. Postal System's Board of Governors has announced it will indefinitely delay its planned implementation of five-day mail delivery in the U.S. on Aug. 5.
The board said restrictive language from Congress prohibits it from reducing the current six-day delivery to five days a week.
“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 postal system governors said in a statement. "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 board continues to support the transition to a new national delivery schedule. Such a transition will generate approximately $2 billion in annual cost savings and is a necessary part of a larger five-year business plan to restore the Postal Service to long-term financial stability. According to numerous polls, this new delivery schedule is widely supported by the American public. Our new delivery schedule is also supported by the Administration and some members of Congress.
To seek new cost reductions, the Governors said they have authorized postal system management to reopen talks with unions about ways to reduce expenses. And the Governors said postal rate increases are possible too.