WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) led more than a dozen of his colleagues today in urging Senate leaders to provide full funding for the U.S. Postal Service in the next COVID-19 relief package. Without such funding, the lawmakers warned, the USPS “may have to reduce or limit its services…as early as June.”
“We write to urge you to provide appropriate funding to the United States Postal Service (USPS) in the next coronavirus package that Congress takes up,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter sent today to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (D-KY) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). “The USPS plays a vital role in our country, and the outbreak of COVID-19 has only increased our reliance on the services it provides. Millions of American families depend on the USPS to receive their medicine, pay their bills, receive their social security benefits and remain in contact with loves ones.”
Specifically, the lawmakers urged Senate leaders to increase funding, reimburse the USPS for lost revenue, and forgive USPS debt.
The following Senators joined Booker in the letter: Senators Robert Casey (D-PA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Christopher Coons (D-DE), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Edward Markey (D-MA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Patty Murray (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Brian Schatz (D-HI).
Full text of the letter is available here.