U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said a full package is needed to reform the postal service in order the save the agency. (Photo courtesy of Kinzinger's office)
By Stephanie Pawlowski
BLOOMINGTON - There will be no more mail delivery on Saturdays starting in August.
The move is supposed to save the Postal Service about $2 billion a year. U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger said postal service cuts will have to include more than just doing away with Saturday delivery.
"I think this will be something address in Congress within the next three to four months is postal reform and how to keep it solvent," Kinzinger said. "
The post office does still plan to deliver packages six days a week.
Kinzinger said he thinks sequestration will end up happening.
Congress has gone from fighting over the debt ceiling to the fiscal cliff and now it's sequestration. That is a deep cut in the federal budget designed to be so devastating that Congress would do anything to avoid it. Included are $1 trillion in cuts to domestic and security programs.
"Sequester was not created to save money, let's be very clear, it was created to be so devastating that it would never happen," Kinzinger said. "It is basically a ten percent across the board cut on every line item in the budget. So, it doesn't just say to the Department of Defense, 'you need to find ten percent and cut it out.' It says, whether it's operations and maintenance for airplanes, training for infantry, or equipment purchase, ten percent cut, cut, cut."
The deadline for action is March 1.
Kinzinger said Congress needs a long-term budget solution not another short-term fix like leaders are requesting.