For those of us concerned about mail delivery, specifically continuing to have six days of delivery each week, it's good that Congress can't agree on anything.
The United States Postal Service, losing vast amounts of money each year, continues to campaign to end Saturday mail delivery. Large businesses who still rely on the mail, as well as community newspapers, are on the side of postal service employees who oppose the reduction in service.
The postal service's operations losses are compounded by the Congressional requirement that USPS pre-fund its retiree health benefits at a level far beyond what is necessary. That would seem to be a better place to start reducing costs rather than cutting services, which will result in even more businesses and individuals finding alternatives to the mail system. As that occurs USPS losses will accelerate.
Congressional committees trying to reach a deal on postal reform worked on a legislative package that would have ended Saturday mail after one year. A postal reform bill was never introduced, however, so the prevailing law is the portion of the postal appropriations bill that requires six-day delivery. Unless Congress actually adopts postal reform and votes on a new appropriations bill rather than just passing continuing resolutions as part of larger government-wide spending bills, the six-day delivery requirement will continue being carried forward.
This is one of the rare occasions when it's good to have a do-nothing Congress.
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