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The U.S. Postal Service did itself no favors on Capitol Hill by unveiling its plan to limit Saturday delivery last month, at a time when the agency is still prodding lawmakers for assistance.

Congress has long maintained that it has oversight over how frequently the Postal Service delivers the mail, and Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s decision to move unilaterally rubbed some lawmakers – including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) – the wrong way.

Observers both on and off Capitol Hill say the Postal Service’s approach didn’t win them any new friends at a key time, when the agency continues to push for broader postal legislation.