Spanberger urges congressional leadership to save U.S. Postal Service
Abigail Spanberger, D-Va. is joining fellow members of the Virginia delegation in calling on congressional leadership to include provisions guaranteeing the solvency and continuation of the U.S. Postal Service in the next COVID-19 recovery package.
USPS projects a possible 50 percent decline in mail volume between now and the end of the current fiscal year. Without significant federal assistance investment, the agency will run out of operating funds by September.
In a letter sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader McCarthy, and Senate Minority Leader Schumer, Spanberger and several of her Virginia colleagues urged leaders in both parties to prioritize funding that will provide USPS with the resources it needs to maintain operations in the Commonwealth and across the country.
“Nationwide, the Postal Service provides affordable, universal delivery of mail and e-commerce packages to more than 159 million households and businesses each day,” wrote Spanberger and her colleagues in their letter to leadership. “The Postal Service undergirds a $1.4 billion mailing industry that employs 7.5 million people. Yet the Postal Service went largely ignored in previously enacted coronavirus-related legislation.”
“The Postal Service is a critical part of America’s infrastructure that deserves to be a fundamental focus of our legislative recovery efforts,” the members continued. “We support provisions that ensure the postal service will continue operations and deliver essential goods and services to the American people. The Postal Service is more critical to our nation’s success than ever.”