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“You can lose what you have by trying to hang on to what you used to be,” said Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Maryland Democrat and his party’s ranking member on the committee.

Mr. Cummings added that Congress “can do this,” and that the American people are counting on successful reform of the Postal Service.

In addition to adjusting the six-days-a-week language, the USPS is also looking for Congress to roll back the requirement that it pre-fund its retiree health benefit accounts for a half-century into the future.

The USPS, however, still would be in the red even with those adjustments. To further close the gap, workforce reductions and more branch closings, along with the consolidation of mail sorting and processing centers, are also on the table.