Former Vice President Joe Biden vowed to work with Congress to boost funding for the U.S. Postal Service if he is elected president and to eliminate its longstanding requirement to prefund health care benefits for future retirees.
The Democratic nominee for president condemned President Trump’s handling of postal issues, saying his opponent “attacked” USPS and flirted with privatizing the mailing agency. Biden said efforts to damage the Postal Service would stop under his administration, as he would push for reforms to put the cash-strapped agency on a firmer financial footing.
A Biden administration would also advocate a slowing down of rate increases at USPS, the candidate told the National Association of Postal Supervisors in a response to a survey it sent to the presidential nominees. The Trump campaign did not respond to the survey. Biden’s ability to influence policy on postal operations would be limited, as those decisions are made by its board of governors or dictated by Congress. The president does appoint members to that board, however, and Biden said he would “enhance” USPS with “ethical” leadership by filling current vacancies. The board lost its quorum in 2014 during the Obama administration, which persisted until 2019.