Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined a bipartisan group of more than 135 Members of Congress in calling for $25 billion in emergency funding for the United States Postal Service (USPS).
The relief funding is urgently needed to offset USPS revenue losses – projected at $22 billion over the next 18 months – as a result of COVID-19. The loses could force the agency to close.
“The USPS represents what is best about America,” the Members wrote. “It is one of the largest employers of veterans, boasts a diverse workforce and handles 48 percent of the world’s mail. If Congress is unable to preserve this critical institution, it will severely impact our way of life, including putting the health and safety of older Americans at risk and disenfranchising millions of voters who are unable to vote in person.”
The Heroes Act, which Congressman Sarbanes voted for and helped pass on May 15, included $25 billion in emergency appropriations to support USPS operations.