Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today co-sponsored the Protect Our Post Offices Act (H.R. 6425), an important effort led by Congressman Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) to ensure the continued delivery of vital goods and services to Americans across the country by providing $25 billion in emergency funding for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).
The Protect Our Post Offices Act would equip USPS to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and help protect the health and safety postal workers. USPS anticipates a significant revenue loss due to COVID-19, with fewer people and businesses sending mail because of the outbreak. Additionally, just like hospitals, post offices are facing critical shortages of personal protective equipment to protect their workers from the virus.
“Every single day – and especially amid the COVID-19 crisis – the women and men of the U.S. Postal Service deliver essential goods and services to all corners of the country, including food, medical supplies, 2020 Census forms, absentee and vote-by-mail ballots, economic impact payments and a whole host of critical items and communications,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “We must ensure that the Postal Service has adequate resources to keep its workers safe and keep our country running as we address this unprecedented public health emergency.”