DearColleague.us

Letter

Sending Office: Honorable Peter T. King
Sent By:
George.Pollack@mail.house.gov

Dear Colleague:

 

We invite you to become members of the bipartisan Postal Preservation Caucus.  The coronavirus crisis is wreaking havoc on the finances of the U.S. Postal Service.  Without immediate emergency funding from Congress and the Administration, the Postal Service—a
vital staple of American society since 1775—could soon cease to function. Members of this caucus will work to ensure the continued operation of the Postal Service.

 

First class and business mail volume are dropping at an alarming rate as a direct result of the coronavirus crisis.  Mail volume is down by more than 30% from the same period last year, and the Postal Service believes volume will continue to decline. The
Postal Service estimates revenue losses of $13 billion by the end of this fiscal year and $10 billion in the next fiscal year as a direct result of the crisis.

 

This is a national emergency.  The negative effects of this crisis will be borne hardest by those in rural areas—where millions of Americans are currently sheltering in place and relying on the Postal Service to deliver essential supplies.  

 

In March, the Postal Service worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to send a mailer with critical information about coronavirus and recommendations for every American to prevent the spread of the virus.  The Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently working on a self-testing nasal swab that once available would be most efficiently delivered by the Postal Service to 135 million households across the country.

 

The American people rely on the Postal Service to deliver crucial goods and services every day, including more than a billion life-saving medications last year alone, millions of economic stimulus checks and unemployment benefits to help during this crisis,
and 2020 Census forms for every household in America.

 

The Postal Service is a fundamental component of America’s economic infrastructure, providing affordable, universal delivery of mail and e-commerce packages to more than 160 million households and businesses.  The Postal Service propels a $1.6 trillion mailing
industry that employs 7.3 million people.  It does all of this while operating as a business that has since 1970 received next to nothing in taxpayer dollars.

 

The Postal Service is an indispensable component of America’s critical infrastructure, and its workers are on the frontlines every single day delivering information and packages to the American people.  We must save the Postal Service now. 

 

To join the Caucus, or if you have questions, please contact George Pollack with Rep. King at George.Pollack@mail.house.gov

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

______________________________                        ______________________________

Carolyn B. Maloney                                                   Peter T. King

Co-Chair                                                                     Co-Chair

Postal Preservation Caucus                                        Postal Preservation Caucus

 

 

 

 

______________________________                        ______________________________

Gerald E. Connolly                                                     Mark Amodei

Co-Chair                                                                     Co-Chair

Postal Preservation Caucus                                        Postal Preservation Caucus

 

 

                       

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