Underwood Works to Support Postal Service, Protect Workers with Personal Protective Equipment, and Ensure Timely Mail Delivery During Coronavirus Pandemic
WASHINGTON— Today, Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14) announced that she is joining Rep. Joe Neguse (CO-02) in an effort to provide emergency resources to support the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), protect local postal workers with personal protective equipment (PPE), and ensure timely mail delivery during the coronavirus pandemic. The new legislation, the Protect Our Post Offices Act, would provide $25 billion for the Postal Service Fund.
“In a time where we all feel more disconnected from one another than ever, postal service workers are on the front lines providing an essential service that keeps our communities connected through reliable mail and packages. And, too often, they are doing so without the personal protective equipment they need to ensure their own health,” Rep. Underwood said. “As we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot forget our U.S. Postal Service and the brave workers who connect our suburban and rural communities and big cities day in and day out.”
USPS anticipates a $13 billion revenue loss directly to COVID-19 this fiscal year and $54.3 billion in additional losses over ten years. Additionally, post offices are facing critical shortages of essential PPE to protect their workers from the coronavirus outbreak. The bipartisan Postal Service Board of Governors—appointed by President Trump—asked Congress to provide the Postal Service with a $25 billion emergency appropriations to offset coronavirus-related losses.