Our Postal Service has stepped up to keep our country working during the COVID-19 crisis. It urgently needs Federal government support, but so far has received little.
The USPS is the nation’s only universal delivery and communications network, connecting 160 million homes and businesses in every corner of the country. The Coronavirus crisis has put a huge strain on the Postal Service with dramatic falls in revenue and increased costs.
The Postal Service needs both urgent and ongoing support from the Federal Government or Americans everywhere will suffer from the loss of postal services. That must include:
Invest $25 billion now to the Postal Service to help it weather the pandemic and the deep recession it is causing.
Keep our Postal Service running during the crisis with quarterly payments to cover the Postal Service’s increased costs and decreased income.
Treat the Postal Service like other employers by funding the cost of Covid-19 related sick leave and family medical leave introduced by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
Any legislation to provide and fund Covid-19 related hazard pay must include postal workers, who face heightened exposure risks to the virus on a daily basis.
Stop the Treasury department from forcing operational and policy changes on the Postal Service as a condition for borrowing, and remove the annual limit on borrowing authorities.