Belgrade News: Senate panel votes to keep Saturday mail delivery

The Senate panel that oversees the budget of the U.S. Postal Service will not consider cutting mail delivery to five days per week, Senator Jon Tester said Wednesday.

The Senate Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee, of which Tester is a member, voted to continue Saturday delivery, “because people who live in rural areas rely on Saturday delivery for essential deliveries like medications, newspapers and checks,” Tester said in a statement.

The financially strapped Postal Service had considered cutting Saturday delivery as a cost-cutting measure. But Tester, Montana’s junior senator, said the move would amount to relatively small savings and cost hundreds of jobs in Montana alone.

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