Collins, Feinstein Leading Bipartisan Push for Financial Assistance for USPS in Next Coronavirus Relief Bill

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) led a bipartisan group of 10 Senators in sending a letter to Senate leadership, urging them to include emergency funding for the U.S. Postal Service in any future coronavirus relief legislation.

 

“The USPS has seen significant mail volume declines due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the agency projects it could soon run out of resources to pay employees and suppliers as early as September of this year,” the Senators wrote.  “Emergency funding, additional borrowing authority, and debt forgiveness are necessary to help shore up the agency’s finances and help it survive the current national crisis.”

 

“Postal employees continue to go to work each day, facing increased risk as they continue to serve.  It is critical that the next relief package also include adequate funding to ensure supplies of personal protective equipment, reimbursement for sick and family medical leave related to the coronavirus, and hazard pay for workers who face exposure to the virus on a daily basis,” the Senator continued.

 

In addition to Senators Collins and Feinstein, the letter was signed by Senators Tom Carper (D-DE), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Jon Tester (D-MT), Steve Daines (R-MT), Doug Jones (D-AL), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Pat Roberts (R-KS).

 

Click HERE to read the letter.