The US Postal Service will begin phasing out mail deliveries on Saturdays, it announced Wednesday.
Mail deliveries on the weekends will come to a stop August 1, though packages will continue to be delivered — unless Congress vetoes the move.
In the past, Congress has prohibited a five-day delivery schedule, but the USPS has taken a hit of billions of dollars in losses in recent years, and the move would shave off $2 billion a year from the Postal Service's budget and cost 22,500 jobs, according to the Washington Post.
In 2012 alone, the USPS saw a $15.9 billion loss.
Post Office officials are expected to announce a sweeping plan to cut costs later on Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal reported.
“America’s mailing habits are changing and so are their shipping habits,” Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said, ABC News reported.
“The American public understands the financial challenges of the Postal Service and supports these steps as a responsible and reasonable approach to improving our financial situation,” Donahoe added. “The Postal Service has a responsibility to take the steps necessary to return to long-term financial stability and ensure the continued affordability of the US Mail.”
However, many Americans who depend on Saturday mail, as well as Post Office workers, are opposed to the change.
Ending Saturday delivery "would be particularly harmful to small businesses, rural communities, the elderly, the disabled and others who depend on Saturday delivery for commerce and communication," said Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, a union representing many mail carriers, according to the Wall Street Journal.
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