The bill also explicitly prohibits the Postal Service from cutting Saturday mail delivery or closing rural post offices.
The bill discards Congressman Darrell Issa’s bizarre proposal to eliminate Saturday mail delivery and use the savings to fund an increase in military pensions. Issa has for years claimed that the USPS is desperately insolvent, and in danger of requiring a massive taxpayer bailout. Yet he recently suggested that simply cutting one delivery day would not only make the USPS solvent, but also allow it to help finance pensions for other agencies. As with Issa’s other “reform” proposals, his plan failed to attract any support, even from within his own party.
Read more: House and Senate Negotiators Agree on Spending Bill – NYTimes.com.