Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) After announcing first class mail delivery will be cut down to five days a week, Congress steps in and says "NO" to changing the national delivery schedule.
The U.S. Postal Service will continue mail and package delivery Monday through Saturday.
The Postal Service wanted to stop first class mail delivery on Saturdays to save an estimated two billion dollars.
Customers at the Binghamton Post Office understand the need for budget cuts but are happy to know Saturday mailing will not be changed.
"Oh my god I'm so glad!" said Diane Olmstead of Binghamton, "They closed the West Side post office which is where I live, my husband and I work multiple jobs and don't want to give up our lunch hour to go to the post office."
Customers add the convenience of having mail delivery six days a week would be missed.
"I have a box so I come in anytime I want to get mine," said Dave Chipper of Binghamton, "But there's a lot of people who depend on it."
Residents using the post office on Wednesday also agreed that budget cuts could be made from other services within the USPS.
"Obviously it hurts them," said Charles Campbell of Binghamton, "They do a lot less letters than they used to. But I'll think they'll be fine"
The US Postal Service Board of Governors say in a statement they are disappointed with the decision but will hold off on making any schedule changes until legislation allows them to
According to a statement issued Wednesday by the Postal Service:
The Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service met April 9 and discussed the Continuing Resolution recently passed by Congress to fund government operations. By including restrictive language in the Continuing Resolution, Congress has prohibited implementation of a new national delivery schedule for mail and packages, which would consist of package delivery Monday through Saturday and mail delivery Monday through Friday, and which would have taken effect the week of Aug. 5, 2013.
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 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.
Read the entire statement from the USPS HERE.