Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney is calling for relief for the United States Postal Service in the next COVID-19 stimulus package.
“I want to commend the brave men and women of the Postal Service for all they are doing in the midst of this pandemic,” Maloney said.
“The Postal Service is holding on for dear life, and unless Congress and the White House provide meaningful relief in the next stimulus bill, the Postal Service could cease to exist.”
Postmaster General of the United States Megan J. Brennan has said the service will “run out of cash this fiscal year” without federal help .
They anticipate a “$13 billion revenue loss directly to COVID-19 this fiscal year and a $54.3 billion additional losses over ten years,” according to Maloney’s office.
The Postal Service is made up of more than 31,600 retail locations and employs more than 650,000 people in the country.
A 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, $25 billion grant to fund “shovel-ready” projects to modernize the Postal Service, and access to $25 billion in unrestricted borrowing authority from Treasury.
Across the city, USPS is experiencing staffing shortages due to COVID-19, which is why many residents are encountering delays in mail delivery.
Postal carriers are rotating routes; if a carrier is not able to finish or start a specific route, another postal carrier will complete the route the next day to prevent more than a one-day delay in service.
In ST-PCV, management is urging anyone waiting to receive an emergency delivery, to contact the office.
According to the USPS, 230 postal employees have tested positive for COVID-19.