USPS struggling through pandemic, may need funding boost in next stimulus package

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.

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