The Postal Service and the Board of Governors ^are committed to judiciously implementing a rational pricing approach that helps enable us to remain viable and competitive and offer reliable postal services that are among the most affordable in the world, ̄ Mr. DeJoy said.

Democrats have sharply criticized the 10-year plan. In March, Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California vowed to advance an infrastructure bill ^to ensure that the Postal Service has the resources needed to serve the American people in a timely and effective manner. ̄

Last week, a bipartisan group of senators also introduced legislation intended to address the agency¨s dire finances.

The legislation would eliminate the requirement under a 2006 law that the Postal Service pre-fund its health benefits for retirees and would integrate its health care with Medicare, which the senators and the Postal Service both estimate could save the agency more than $40 billion over the next decade.

Senator Rob Portman of Ohio, the top Republican on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said in a statement that the legislation, along with Mr. DeJoy¨s 10-year plan, could ^help turn around the substantial losses at the Postal Service over the last decade and ensure self-sustaining, high-quality postal service for all Americans. ̄

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