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July 02, 2020

Senator King Cosponsors Effort to Defend Postal Service, Urging More Funding Assistance During Pandemic

The USPS provides vital services for millions of Americans, but currently lacks the funding needed to stay afloat

WASHINGTON, D.C – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined 42 of his Senate colleagues in introducing a resolution emphasizing the importance of the U.S. Postal Service and urging increased funding in the next coronavirus relief package to help USPS offset losses incurred due to the pandemic. The resolution also makes clear that the USPS should not be forced to reduce its services, close post office facilities, or excessively raise rates.  

“The demise of USPS would limit access to health care in the midst of a pandemic, interfere with ongoing commerce during a drastic economic downturn and threaten the livelihoods of thousands of Maine people while millions of workers are already losing their jobs,” said Senator King.  “Let me be clear: this is just plain wrong– we should continue to look out for the Postal Service in future relief efforts.”

The Resolution notes that the U.S. Postal Service employs more than 630,000 people nationwide, and approximately 3,300 Maine people. In May, Senator King wrote an op-ed for Maine publications outlining the economic, health, and cultural impact of the United States Postal Service.

Full text of the resolution can be found here.

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