WASHINGTON (AP) — The Postal Service says it lost $740
million over the last three months and that without help from Congress its
financial woes will only worsen.
The report for the financial quarter ending June 30 comes as Congress
considers proposals to fix the agency's finances. The agency lost $16
billion last year and is trying to restructuring its retail, delivery and
The service wants to end most Saturday and door-to-door mail delivery. It
also is seeking to reduce its congressionally mandated $5.6 billion annual
payment for future retiree health benefits. The agency says ending
Saturday mail delivery would save $2 billion each year.
The Postal Service is an independent agency and gets no tax dollars for
its day-to-day operations. It is, however, subject to congressional