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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Postal Service says it will delay plans to cut Saturday mail delivery because Congress isn t allowing the change.

The Postal Service said in February that it planned to cut back in August to five-day-a-week deliveries for everything except packages, as a way to hold down losses.

But a statement Wednesday from agency s Board of Governors notes that Congress has passed a spending bill that continues the long-time prohibition against reducing delivery days.

As a result, the board says it believe that Congress has left it with no choice but to delay implementation of the five-day-a-week plan.

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