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The US Postal Service has shelved plans to abandon Saturday delivery for regular mail, and will now seek to re-negotiate union deals and raise postal rates to find other ways of balancing its books.

The Postal Service had intended to implement the new delivery frequency plan from the week of 5th August, 2013, although package delivery would have continued to be six-days-a-week.

Today USPS bowed to pressure from Congress to continue delivering regular letters on Saturdays.

The Postal Service issued a statement from its Board of Governors, following its meeting today, conceding that legislation passed by Congress to fund government operations until the end of September 2013 “has prohibited implementation of a new national delivery schedule for mail and packages”.

USPS said it had “no choice” but to put its plans on hold considering last month’s Continuing Resolution from Congress.

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