Begich, Murkowski weigh in on mail announcement


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(AP) — Sen. Mark Begich says the U.S. Postal Service's decision to stop delivering all Saturday mail except for packages is "bad news for Alaskans."

In a release Wednesday, he said the decision will "undoubtedly slow overall delivery time." He said the agency should have let Congress address the issue.

The cash-strapped agency expects to save $2 billion annually with the change, set to take effect in August. The agency suffered a $15.9 billion loss in the past budget year.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski says the time has come for the Postal Service to evaluate how it does things.

She says she has wanted to ensure Alaskans maintained access to postal services for critical prescriptions and commercial deliveries without added expense or harm to the economy. She says this proposal satisfies her concerns.

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