(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) today joined Rep. Mike Levin (D-CA) and 137 House Members from both parties in sending a letter to Senate leadership urging them to pass legislation providing $25 billion in emergency grants to the United States Postal Service (USPS). The funding is desperately needed to offset USPS revenue losses as a result of COVID-19, which are now expected to total $22 billion over the next 18 months and could force the agency to close. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) joined Rep. Levin in leading the letter.

The Members wrote: “The USPS represents what is best about America. It is one of the largest employers of veterans, boasts a diverse workforce, and handles 48 percent of the world’s mail. 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.”

The Heroes Act, which passed the House on May 15, included $25 billion in emergency appropriations to help the USPS keep its doors open.

Click here for the full letter.