PORTLAND, Ore. — Some lawmakers in Washington, D.C. fear the U.S. Postal Service could shut down by the end of this summer due to revenue losses related to COVID-19.
According to the chairs of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, USPS could face a 50% decline in mail volume between now and the end of the year. They are calling for $25 billion in direct appropriations in the next stimulus package.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, has family members who served as postal workers. He said Democratic lawmakers tried to secure the $25 billion for USPS, but Senate Republicans only allowed $10 billion in loans.