Congressman Don Young calls for federal funds for USPS
Alaska Representative Don Young (R – AK), along with 25 other members of Congress, has endorsed a letter to Republican leadership in the House and Senate, as well as the Secretary of the Treasury, calling for aid to the United State Postal Service.
The letter touts the services performed by USPS during the COVID-19 pandemic and claims that its revenues may fall by 50% due to virus response efforts.
Fears amongst lawmakers that the USPS will not survive the economic strains of COVID-19 have been circulating for some time. This letter comes shortly after a similar letter was sent by Democratic lawmakers to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also asking for aid to USPS.
The letter calls for a “public service” appropriation of $25 billion in federal aid to USPS, and to provide additional funding to shore up the difference between its revenue and expenses during the crisis. It also asks for COVID-19 related leave pay for postal workers, and to consider postal workers for any legislation providing funding for front-line workers exposed to COVID-19 related health risks.
“The United States Postal Service is not only constitutionally-mandated, but serves as a vital lifeline to countless Alaskans in rural communities. It is an institution that must be preserved,” Young said in a statement.
“Conversations surrounding USPS’s business model have merit, but amid this unprecedented public health crisis, we must ensure that USPS can continue serving Americans,” he continued. “More than ever, patients depend on USPS to deliver medications and protective equipment; in the near future, we’ll be depending on USPS to deliver at-home COVID-19 testing kits to our medical providers for analysis. Letting USPS become insolvent simply isn’t an option. I’ll keep working to ensure Alaskans can continue to utilize the important services provided by them.”
A full copy of the letter can be found