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 Friday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2013. There are 18 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Merry sleigh bells jingle in our streets in the wake of a driving northwest storm of snow and rain. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Thomas Campbell was elected commander of John Buford Post 243, Grand Army of the Republic. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Thomas B. Reidy was named consul of C.W. Hawes Camp No. 1550, and L.H. Eihl was named consul of Camp 29, Modern Woodmen of America. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island aldermen last night upheld the view of a petition signed by 150 businessmen that the city should not install parking meters. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Total volume during the Christmas mailing season may reach 12 million pieces in Rock Island, according to Rock Island Postmaster Carl J.L. Wessel. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The aromas filling the air at the Rock Island Lines depot in Rock Island soon will be prime rib and roast duck rather than sawdust and plaster. A tourist train will be offering dinner excursions in mid-February or early March, according to Dan Carmody, executive director of the Development Association of Rock Island.