US Senators Pitch New Plan to Aid Postal Service Finances

Posted at: 02/14/2013 6:03 PM
By: Alan Hoglund

nullMore than a half-dozen U.S. Senators are throwing their support behind legislation designed to ease the U.S. Postal Service's financial problems.

Sen Al Franken, D-Minnesota, is one of the bill's co-sponsors. The legislation would allow the agency to issue hunting and fishing licenses and notarize documents.

The ideas come in response to an announcement last week that the Postal Service would be shutting down Saturday delivery in August to save money.

"While the Postal Service is facing financial difficulties, the elimination of Saturday delivery service could only make these problems worse by forcing customers to take their business elsewhere," Franken said.

The Postal Service has said cutting Saturday delivery would save $2 billion a year.