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Heather Fletcher is senior content editor with Target Marketing.

Three governors do not a U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors make, but it's good enough to keep the USPS running until there's a full board. That's the gist of comments from a USPS spokesman and the Federal Register, the federal government's daily newspaper. As of Dec. 8, the board lost its quorum because Congress failed to confirm board nominees. But ahead of time, the board ensured its remaining members would have the powers available to board members who need to keep the postal service running. Effective Nov. 14, the board created a "Temporary Emergency Committee" to "provide for continuity of operations," according to Tuesday's edition of the Federal Register. On Wednesday, Dead Tree Edition published a blog post titled "Legal Trick Means No Postage Increase—For Now."

It's now almost a 24/7 postal service. For the holidays, the U.S. Postal Service will be delivering packages seven days a week, USPS says. The postal service's Thursday announcement comes a day after Americans learned Amazon plans to deliver some packages via taxi, a service that does run 24/7. Fortune also hypothesized that the USPS made this move in order to

No rate increases are planned for January, says U.S Postal Service spokesman Dave Partenheimer. Partenheimer tells Target Marketing on Wednesday that current prices will remain in place and the exigent postage rate increase of 4.3 percent is still slated to expire in the second half of 2015, after it brings in $3.2 billion for the USPS.

A key House committee has once again voted to block the U.S. Postal Service from eliminating Saturday delivery, attaching an amendment to a spending bill that would require the agency to deliver mail six days per week. The amendment, introduced with bipartisan support by Reps. Jose Serrano, D-N.Y., and Tom Latham, R-Iowa, was approved easily by the full Appropriations Committee … The six-day rider has been included in every postal-related appropriations bill since 1983. Several members of the committee from both parties spoke during Wednesday’s markup in support of the amendment.

A plan from House Republicans to buoy the nearly empty highway trust fund with savings from eliminating Saturday mail delivery has struck many observers as an odd idea—a budget accounting trick that would finance road projects by preventing a future bailout of the U.S. Postal Service. But the top postal official says he couldn't be more pleased. "We not only need five-day delivery," Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said in an interview. "But I would say, if this was able to help take the angst out of the [broader postal] legislation for some lawmakers, that would help us out."

Note: This article appeared in the Washington Examiner, and we include it to inform Target Marketing readers on viewpoints being discussed in the national media. It is not intended to reflect the views of Target Marketing.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe doesn't regard the American taxpayers who subsidize the U.S. Postal Service as the agency's primary customers, according to a new report from InsideSources. "You disrupt my service and we will never work with you," Donahoe [said] ... “You mentioned making the service better for our customers; but the American citizens aren’t our customers—about 400 junk mailers are our customers.

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