Legislation drafted to keep the federal government running after March 27 includes language requiring the U.S. Postal Service to maintain full Saturday delivery of mail. The House may vote on it Thursday. If passed by Congress, the measure could thwart USPS's effort to end delivery of letters and periodicals in early August. The law requiring six-day delivery is in the continuing budget resolution that expires March 27.
"Chairman Issa has said to some in the postal community that he believes USPS can still abide by the six-day delivery mandate by delivering some mail," Rush told The Rural Blog in an email. "The six-day mail mandate requires service at 1982 levels. Many think providing the truncated and much more expensive service is hardly complying with 1982 levels. Besides that, many on Capitol Hill are uncomfortable with the notion that USPS can decide not to follow legislative mandates. The question will be whether Congress can act definitively either way on six-day mail — either to keep it or abolish it. If USPS decides to strike out on its own, failing Congressional action, the question of its authority is likely to be decided not in Congress but in court."