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“I can’t speak for Congress,” he told reporters. “It’s my job to lay out a good argument, a common-sense approach on why we should make this move. The finances dictate it.”

He said polling data shows most Americans support the move, adding that postal officials can’t ignore the fact more and more people pay bills online rather than through the mail.

“We cannot put our head in the sand and say, ‘Let’s hope this problem goes away,’ ” he said. “Hope is not a strategy.”