(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-08) today joined Reps. Alma S. Adams, Ph.D. (NC-12) and Peter DeFazio (OR-04) and 80 additional Members of Congress in sending a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy requesting the strongest possible relief for the United States Postal Service in the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation.
"We write to request that any future relief package provide strong financial assistance to the United States Postal Service (USPS) while also enacting reforms necessary for its long-term viability ..." write Reps. Adams and DeFazio. "In the CARES Act, Congress sought to stabilize our nation from the consequences of the novel coronavirus. Now, as we seek to stimulate our nation, we must take decisive steps to secure one of our country’s oldest, most cherished, and most valuable institutions."
"Congresswoman Adams knows that the United States Postal Service provides an essential, constitutionally mandated service that is impossible to replicate or replace," said North Carolina Association of Letters Carries Legislative Liaison Tim Rorie. "We need the strongest possible relief for USPS and the letter carriers on the front lines of this crisis. Thank you to Rep. Adams and the 82 other members of Congress standing up to say US Mail is essential: not for sale, nor on the chopping block."
Additional co-signers of the letter include Representatives Al Lawson, Alan Lowenthal, Albio Sires, Alcee L. Hastings, Angie Craig, Anthony G. Brown, Barbara Lee, Betty McCollum, Bill Pascrell, Jr., Brian Higgins, Cedric L. Richmond, Chellie Pingree, Danny K. Davis, Darren Soto, David E. Price, Deb Haaland, Debbie Dingell, Derek Kilmer, Diana DeGette, Donald S. Beyer Jr., Donna E. Shalala, Earl Blumenauer, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Eliot L. Engel, G. K. Butterfield, Gerald E. Connolly, Grace F. Napolitano, Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, Jackie Speier, Jahana Hayes, Jared Huffman, Jerry McNerney, Jesús G. “Chuy” García, Jim Costa, Joe Neguse, John Yarmuth, Joseph D. Morelle, Joseph P. Kennedy, III, Joyce Beatty, Kathy Castor, Katie Porter, Linda T. Sánchez, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Lizzie Fletcher, Lori Trahan, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Marcia L. Fudge, Marcy Kaptur, Mark Takano, Maxine Waters, Mike Levin, Mike Thompson, Norma J. Torres, Nydia M. Velázquez, Paul D. Tonko, Peter Welch, Rashida Tlaib, Raúl M. Grijalva, Rick Larsen, Rosa DeLauro, Ruben Gallego, Sanford D. Bishop, Jr., Stephen F. Lynch, Steve Cohen, Steven Horsford, Sylvia R. Garcia, Ted Deutch, Ted W. Lieu, Terri A. Sewell, Thomas R. Suozzi, Tim Ryan, TJ Cox, Vincente Gonzalez, William R. Keating, Wm. Lacy Clay, Xochitl Torres Small, Yvette D. Clarke, and Zoe Lofgren.