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WASHINGTON (AP) - The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service says it plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays, but continue delivering packages six days a week.

 In an announcement scheduled for later Wednesday, the service is expected to say the cut, beginning in August, would mean a cost saving of about $2 billion annually.

 The move accentuates one of the agency's strong points - package delivery has increased by 14 percent since 2010.

The delivery of letters and other mail has declined with the increasing use of email and other Internet use.

Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released a quote regarding the recent news that the United States Postal Service will be cutting Saturday mail delivery beginning August 1, 2013 in order to trim costs.

"While I understand the financial challenges currently facing the United States Postal Service and its need to reduce costs, many people rely on timely mail delivery in Southwest and Middle Georgia," said Congressman Bishop.

"The House of Representatives needs to pass a postal reform bill, much like the Senate did last Congress, so that the Postal Service can get their fiscal house in order and provide the mail service that all Americans require."

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