PORTLAND — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is applauding the Postal Service’s decision to delay implementing a five-day-a-week delivery schedule.

The Postal Service announced Wednesday that it would not begin offering five-day delivery in August as originally scheduled after Congress failed to include language allowing it to do so in spending legislation passed last month.

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Collins says cutting mail delivery will only drive away customers, which will cause revenues to further decline and push the Postal Service into a “financial death spiral.”

She said it would also cause hardships for families and business that rely on six-day delivery for everyday needs.