Members of Congress request leadership include $25 billion in direct appropriations and debt relief for USPS in the next stimulus package

Posted by Frank Augustosky on 04/08/20
Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer, and Leader McCarthy:

We commend your leadership as Congress continues to provide resources and assistance to those negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. We are writing to urge you to include in the next legislative vehicle relating to this crisis funding and resources the United States Postal Service needs to survive and maintain operations.

On March 23, 2020, the Chairs of several House Committees introduced H.R. 6379, the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act, with more than $2.5 trillion to assist the American people. Included in that legislation were several provisions that would have provided the Postal Service with emergency funding crucial to its ability to maintain operations and support its half a million employees. Specifically, H.R. 6379 provided:

• $25 billion in emergency funding;
• The elimination of outstanding debt owed to the Department of the Treasury;
• Authorization to borrow up to $15 billion from the Treasury; and
• Prioritization of the delivery of medical supplies pursuant to the National Emergency declared by President Trump under the Stafford Act on March 13, 2020.

Unfortunately, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act did not include any emergency funding for the Postal Service. Instead, it allowed the Postal Service to borrow up to an additional $10 billion subject to terms agreed to by the Department of the Treasury and the Postal Service.

Read the full letter requesting the next stimulus package to include $25 billion in direct appropriations and debt relief for USPS