US Postal Service Shutdown Possible by Summer Due to Coronavirus, Lawmakers Warn


Congress is warning that the U.S. Postal Service will not survive the summer unless the federal government sends billions of dollars its way.

The dire warning came from House Oversight Chairman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) on Monday night as coronavirus spreads across the nation.

“Based on a number of briefings and warnings this week about a critical fall-off in mail across the country, it has become clear that the Postal Service will not survive the summer without immediate help from Congress and the White House,” Oversight Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said in a statement.

The Postal Service has seen a drastic reduction in mail volume, according to Maloney and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.). If the service were to collapse, it would mean thousands of jobs being lost and things like mail-order prescription drugs would no longer make it to millions of Americans, according to Politico.

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In a bill drafted by the House of Representatives, the Postal Service would receive $25 billion dollars. The bill would also eliminate the Postal Service’s $11 billion debt and would call on the Postal Service to prioritize medical deliveries.

In 2019, the Postal Service employed almost 497,000 “full time,” “career,” and “regular” employees nationwide. As for the 497,157 workers in 2018, 137,290 were non-career employees.

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Isaac Saul is a senior politics reporter, editor and founding member at A Plus, the positive news oulet founded by Ashton Kutcher. He also writes the independent, non-partisan, ad-free politics newsletter Tangle. His reporting focuses on Congress, elections, immigration and climate change. His writing has appeared in CNN, The New York Daily News, The Forward, Yahoo!, The Huffington Post, Quartz, and been cited by The Washington Post, The New York Times and Fox News, among others. Before A Plus, he was an Associate Editor at The Huffington Post and the sports editor at The Pitt News.

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