USPS Funding, Federal Benefits are Sticking Point for 5th Relief Bill

After four Coronavirus-relief measures were quickly enacted into law, controversies are arising that threaten to thwart passage of a fifth bill that could be the vehicle for enhanced pay and benefits for many federal employees.

One major sticking point involves potential financial aid for the Postal Service, which has said that it is in danger of not being able to meet its payroll and other expenses as early as the fall.

One of the earlier relief bills included authority to borrow more from the Treasury, but many Democrats in Congress want to provide additional direct and indirect funding. The administration though has insisted on making policy changes a precondition for any further help, including raising rates charged for parcel delivery.

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