Area lawmakers were critical of Wednesday's announcement by the U.S. Postal Service of a plan to cut Saturday mail delivery.
Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe announced the postal service will cut back to five-day-a-week deliveries for all mail, except packages, in August in an effort to trim financial losses.
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, called on Congress to prevent the change.
"Today's announcement from the postal service indicating an end to Saturday mail service is a blow to communities across our region of Illinois," she said.
U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Mount Vernon, said the postal service's financial outlook would not be so weak if it had not be forced to prefund retirees' health benefits.
"By requiring the postal service to prefund retirement health benefits to the tune of over $50 billion over 10 years, which no other agency or business has to do, Congress is tying their hands," Rep. Loebsack said.
Rep. Loebsack is a co-sponsor of a House resolution in support of the postal service maintaining a six-day delivery service.
"I can't think of a less partisan issue than the postal service," he said. "It is past time Congress works to find a solution to this problem."
Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.