Postal Service delivers cost-cutting news

The United States Postal Service is back in the headlines, this time for changes in its delivery schedule.

The Postal Service announced plans to transition to a new delivery schedule beginning in August.

Mail will only be delivered Monday through Friday.

According to the Postal Service, the agency will save about $2 billion a year by doing away with Saturday delivery of letters. It will still deliver packages on Saturdays and will continue to deliver mail to post office boxes on Saturdays.

Post offices currently open on Saturdays will remain open on Saturdays.

The Postal Service made the announcement Wednesday, more than six months in advance, to give residential and business customers time to adjust to the new schedule.

U.S. Rep. Sam Graves released the following statement:

â??I do not support the United States Postal Service plan to end Saturday delivery,â?? Graves said.

â??The USPS does need reform; however, reducing core services is not a long-term plan. I worry that reducing services will lead to other reductions like closing rural post offices. There is still a large group of people, particularly in rural areas, whose lifeline to the outside world is the Postal Service. Whether itâ??s their social security check, an important document or even just a card from a loved one. Iâ??ve introduced a sense of Congress, asking the postal service to keep mail delivery at 6 days a week.â??

U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack released the following statement.

â??Once again, inaction by Congress has real life consequences for Iowans,â?? Loebsack said.

â??By requiring the Postal Service to pre-fund retirement health benefits to the tune of over $50 billion over 10 years, which no other agency or business has to do, Congress is tying their hands. The USPS would not be in the dire situation it is today if it had not been required to pre-pay those funds. Legislation to address this problem was introduce last Congress but like so many other issues, House leadership refused to bring this up. I canâ??t think of a less partisan issue than the postal service. It is past time Congress works to find a solution to this problem.â??