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US Postal Service backs down on plan to cut Saturday mail

A U.S. Postal Service vehicle is seen in this undated photo.

April 10, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
The U.S. Postal Service for now is backing down on cutting Saturday mail delivery because Congress won't allow the change.

The agency said Wednesday that Congress has passed a spending bill that continues the long-time prohibition against reducing delivery days.

The Postal Service had said in February that starting in August it would cut to five-day-a-week deliveries for everything except packages due to budget issues.

The cutback, which had been in talks for years, would save the Postal Service about $2 billion annually.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.