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US Postal Service backs down on cutting Saturday mail

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The U.S. Postal Service says it will delay plans to cut Saturday mail delivery because Congress isn't allowing the change.

The Postal Service said in February that it planned to cut back in August to five-day-a-week deliveries for everything except packages, as a way to hold down losses.

But a statement Wednesday from agency's Board of Governors notes that Congress has passed a spending bill that continues the long-time prohibition against reducing delivery days.

See an interactive graphic explaining the problems the USPS is facing. 

As a result, the board says it believe that Congress "has left it with no choice but to delay implementation" of the five-day-a-week plan.

The Postal Service does not rely on tax dollars to operate, meaning it has to generate its own revenue to continue to provide services.

See more facts and figures about the USPS here.

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