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Postal service delays ending Saturday service

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Saturday mail delivery is scheduled to continue. (Source: CNN) Saturday mail delivery is scheduled to continue. (Source: CNN)

(RNN) - On Wednesday, the postal service's board said that it will continue to deliver mail six days a week.

In February, the agency announced a plan to stop delivering mail on Saturdays, except for packages and express mail.

Postal officials said a congressional funding measure prohibits a cut in service.

"By including restrictive language … Congress has prohibited implementation of a new national delivery schedule for mail and package," the postal Board of Governors said in a news release.

The plan was to start August 5. The Postal Service said it will delay the plan "until legislation is passed that provides the Postal Service with the authority to implement a financially appropriate and responsible delivery schedule."

Board member hops to work with Congress to find a way to overhaul the agency's service.

Last year, the postal service lost $16 billion.

The board made the decision in a closed meeting Tuesday.

Ending Saturday delivery would have saved the cash-starved postal service $2 billion a year.

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