House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is seeking more funding for the U.S. Postal Service as lawmakers work on a new round of aid amid the coronavirus pandemic, and Democrats warn the independent agency is in crisis.
The stimulus package signed by President Donald Trump on Friday allows the postal service to borrow up to $10 billion from the U.S. Treasury. On Tuesday, Pelosi, a California Democrat, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” she wants more funding so the USPS could put in place a wider-ranging vote-by-mail system and deliver equipment to those fighting the outbreak.
House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney and Rep. Gerald Connolly, who heads the panel’s subcommittee that oversees the postal service, on March 24 wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asking him to support $25 billion in emergency funding for the agency. They said that funding and other measures would “avert an economic collapse” of the agency, but neither the funding nor a debt-forgiveness program was included in the bill Trump signed.