The United States Postal Service delivers mail six days per week, including Saturday. In February 2014, the U.S. Congress proposed an amendment that requires the U.S. Postal Service to continue Saturday mail delivery until late 2017.
In February 2013, after conducting market research, USPS determined that ending Saturday mail delivery was supported by the American public. This research was confirmed by independent research conducted in the private sector. The elimination of Saturday delivery reduces costs and strengthens the organization's finances, according to the Postal Service Board of Governors in a press release summarizing the changes. Package delivery was not effected, but the Saturday mail delivery was scheduled to end in August 2013.
The U.S. Congress temporarily halted the elimination of Saturday mail delivery until a final determination was made. Arguments were made in April 2013 that the Postmaster General did not have the authority to cut service, and the postal worker's union rose against the cuts according to U.S. News. Since that point in time, congressional proposals have suggested ending Saturday mail delivery once volume declines below a sustainable financial level for the organization. No decision has been made as of December 2014, so Saturday mail continues to be halted.