The United States Postal Service announced Wednesday that it will be ending mail delivery service on Saturdays in an effort to cut costs, USA Today reports.
The proposed plan would end all delivery of letters, magazines, and advertisements on Saturdays beginning in August, but allow for delivery of packages, which has seen an increase in the past few years due to an increase in online shopping sales. If implemented, the plan could potentially save $2 billion per year.
But the cost-saving proposal has received mixed reviews from Capitol Hill, where it would need congressional approval before being formally implemented, Fox News said. Many feel that stopping Saturday news service would inconvenience people rural areas, like Alaska, that mail reaches slower than the rest of the country. With one less day a week for mail delivery, items like Social Security checks could take longer to reach their destinations.
In a statement Fredric Rolando, the president of the National Association of Letter Carriers called the plan "disastrous."
"It would be particularly harmful to small businesses, rural communities, the elderly, the disabled and others who depend on Saturday delivery for commerce and communication," Rolando said.
The USPS has attempted in the past to cut mail delivery to five days a week, but was never successful in its appeals to Congress.