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Postmaster makes case for cutbacks

WASHINGTON — The head of the US Postal Services pleaded with Congress Wednesday not to thwart his plan to cut Saturday mail as a way to save money, but postal unions criticized the plan as illegal and financially questionable.

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe told a Senate committee hearing that the plan announced last week is one among a number of steps needed because the agency’s financial situation is “dire . . . more urgent than ever.”

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