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Congress Forces Postal Service To Continue Saturday Mail

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Empty crates sit next to a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) mail box in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. The U.S. Postal Service said its net loss last year widened to $15.9 billion, more than the $15 billion it had projected, as mail volume continued to drop, falling 5 percent. (Photo: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Empty crates sit next to a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) mail box in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. The U.S. Postal Service said its net loss last year widened to $15.9 billion, more than the $15 billion it had projected, as mail volume continued to drop, falling 5 percent. (Photo: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBSMiami) – Congress passed legislation Thursday requiring the U.S. Postal Service to have six-day delivery, Reuters reports in the News Service of Florida.

That ends the Postal Service’s plans to end first-class mail delivery on Saturdays. The agency, which claims it lost $16 billion last year, said the move would save them $2 billion a year. One way the agency has been mitigating that damage is by raising stamp prices.

The Postal Service had requested that Congress remove a provision in legislation that has blocked it from reducing delivery service in the past. However, Congress passed the legislation with the provision, despite the request, Reuters reported.

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