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Budget pact would keep Saturday mail delivery

WASHINGTON – The $1.1 trillion budget plan to fund the government contains a provision that will cheer people who like their weekend mail delivery.

The measure says six-day delivery would continue, meaning the U.S. Postal Service won’t be able to cut Saturday mail. The provision also says rural mail delivery would continue at current levels.

The Postal Service, an independent agency, has been pressing Congress to end Saturday delivery amid steep financial losses. It lost $5 billion in the last fiscal year, down from $15.9 billion in 2012.

The agency recently won approval to temporarily raise the cost of a first-class stamp from 46 cents to 49 cents. The higher rate begins Jan. 26 and would last no more than two years.

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