Tell Congress to Keep the Post Office Operating During the Pandemic!
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Solidarity, Debra Schrishuhn for Alan, Mike F., Dan, Donna, Dr. Bill, Janis, Mike H., Bryan, and Kimberly—Your PDA National Team
Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) supports postal workers and the USPS. These unsung heroes keep our country and our lives connected.
The Nation reports, “As the coronavirus spreads throughout the United States, the Postal Service has struggled to maintain its crucial role in connecting the country, while also protecting its workers and customers…. Without drastic action, the virus could soon threaten the Postal Service just when it’s needed most.”
Please contact your Representative and Senators using PDA’s Action Alert. Tell Congress to provide emergency funding and debt forgiveness for USPS in the next COVID-19 rescue package, and long-term structural change to preserve affordable and accessible postal services in separate legislation.
The United States Postal Service is one of the few governmental agencies explicitly authorized by the U.S. Constitution. It has been delivering letters, documents, and packages—including essential medicines— to Americans throughout the country since 1792, with roots predating the American Revolution.
Now the onset of the coronavirus pandemic has caused a collapse of commercial mail, threatening the USPS’s ability to continue serving our nation as soon as early summer.
Onerous legislative burdens—chiefly, the requirement that USPS pre-pay 50 years of retiree health care obligations—have put the agency on precarious and unsustainable financial footing.
The $2.2 trillion rescue bill just enacted provides no emergency appropriations or debt relief, merely a provision for additional borrowing authority of $10 billion.
The same bill contains a $500 billion corporate slush fund, and Trump nullified oversight provisions in his signing statement.
Please Click Here to tell your Representative and Senators to provide emergency funding and debt forgiveness for USPS in the next COVID-19 rescue package, and long-term structural change to preserve affordable and accessible postal services in separate legislation.
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