WASHINGTON (February 6, 2013) – Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) today released the following statement on the U.S. Postal Service’s announcement that they will be eliminating Saturday delivery of the mail:

"Eliminating Saturday mail delivery will negatively affect many of the hardworking people of the U.S. Postal Service who perform such a vital job for our country. It also could harm businesses that depend on Saturday delivery and customers who can’t wait through the weekend to receive the government benefits they rely on.

“I have co-sponsored legislation in Congress that calls on the Postal Service to take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of its 6-day mail delivery service.

“While I recognize the challenges posed by recent declines in mail volume, piecemeal attempts to modify longstanding Postal Service operations are not the solution. Instead, Congress should enact comprehensive postal reform that frees the Postal Service from unnecessary requirements that undercut its competitiveness and profitability. The Postal Service should also be given more flexibility to innovate with new products.”

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