Congressman Tim Ryan Urges Assistance for Postal Workers in Next Coronavirus Relief Package
Youngstown, Ohio – Today, Congressman Tim Ryan joined over 120 lawmakers in urging congressional leadership to include funding for the United States Postal Service (USPS) in the next coronavirus relief package. In a letter sent to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Ryan and the lawmakers requested $50 billion in emergency grants and appropriations as well as access to $25 billion in borrowing authority be issued to the USPS.
“The USPS and their employees provide a critical service to the United States and are bravely on the front lines in this pandemic,” said Congressman Ryan. “During this health crisis, postal workers and letter carriers are on the front lines of this crisis. They are in every community, every day. They check in on the elderly. They deliver life-saving medications and supplies. They are public servants. Congress must protect this vital service. Allowing the USPS to go bankrupt, especially now, would be morally reprehensible”
In the letter, the lawmakers wrote:
“President Trump’s own bipartisan Postal Service Board of Governors has asked for the Postal Service to be provided $50 billion in emergency grants and appropriations as well as access to $25 billion in borrowing authority. We encourage Congress and the Administration to quickly act in approving this or a commensurate level of funding to provide real relief for our Postal Service. Without significant support on this level, they will not be able to weather this storm.”
The USPS currently employs more than 650,000 Americans across more than 31,600 retail locations around the country, while handling 48% of the world’s mail. Sadly, the Postal Service’s financial outlook was already dire before the coronavirus crisis due to a 2006 law that required the Agency to prefund 75 years worth of retiree health benefits over 10 years, something no other federal agency is or has been required to do. As the COVID-19 pandemic has grinded the American economy to a halt, the USPS has been hit particularly hard, with projections showing it could go bankrupt by June without federal intervention.
You can find the full letter from the lawmakers here.