Golden Joins 136 Members of the House to Call on Senate Leadership to Save Postal Service for Rural Americans

June 16, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON — As Mainers continue to rely on the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to access critical supplies and services during the COVID-19 pandemic, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and 136 of his House colleagues called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to address the Postal Service’s more than $22 billion in anticipated lost revenue from coronavirus and protect rural Mainers’ access to delivery of essential goods and services.

The Postal Service is a lifeline for rural Maine. Residents rely on USPS for the delivery of vital medications, information, and financial transactions not provided by other delivery services.

“The Constitution empowers the federal government to provide a working postal system, and as Members of Congress, we take that responsibility seriously, ” Golden and the members wrote in the letter to Senate leadership. “If Congress is unable to preserve this critical institution, it will severely impact our way of life, including putting the health and safety of older Americans at risk and disenfranchising millions of voters who are unable to vote in person.” 

In their letter, the bipartisan group urged Senate leaders to provide $25 billion in aid, structured as emergency grants, to the Postal Service to compensate for lost revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These grants would also mean the Postal Service could more easily borrow from the Department of the Treasury.

You can read the full letter here.