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Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, postal workers have been on the front lines, considered “essential workers” who must continue to do their jobs as usual while others stay home. But some lawmakers are warning that without more support, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) could completely shut down in the next few months, threatening the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Americans.
Last week, Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney, the chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Gerry Connolly, chair of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, said in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that the COVID-19 crisis is threatening the future of mail service in the U.S.
The article goes on to state the following:
“The Postal Service is in need of urgent help as a direct result of the coronavirus crisis,” they said. “Based on a number of briefings and warnings this week about a critical fall-off in mail across the country, it has become clear that the Postal Service will not survive the summer without immediate help from Congress and the White House. Every community in America relies on the Postal Service to deliver vital goods and services, including life-saving medications.”
The report notes that many people depend on the U.S. postal service to deliver critical prescriptions.
Maloney and Connolly are warning that the Post Office could be forced to shut down by June without financial help.
“Congress must not ignore the US Postal Service. Mail volume plummeted this week and USPS will run out of cash by June. Every household and every business in America relies on our postal service. We can and should take swift action to return it to solvency or risk its collapse,” Rep. Gerry Connolly said in a Twitter post last month.
Congress must not ignore the US Postal Service. Mail volume plummeted this week and USPS will run out of cash by June. Every household and every business in America relies on our postal service.
We can and should take swift action to return it to solvency or risk its collapse.
— Rep. Gerry Connolly (@GerryConnolly) March 20, 2020
— Jennifer Cohn ✍🏻 (@jennycohn1) March 30, 2020
Uh seems like it would be bad not to have …the post office?https://t.co/d7DJtGathD
— Emily Tamkin (@emilyctamkin) March 31, 2020
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 3, 2020
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