Without Federal Funding, Future Of U.S. Postal Service Remains In Doubt

Apr 15, 2020

The U.S. Postal Service says it’s being ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, and stands to run out of money in September. But President Trump seems indifferent to its plight. 

Mail truck with the U.S. Postal Service.
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So far, there’s been no emergency aid greenlighted for the agency, causing some to wonder if it’ll survive 2020.

Meanwhile, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon says he’ll fight to get funding as Congress looks at further legislation addressing COVID-19.

"And one of my priorities for the next bill will be to fund the postal service," says Wyden. "And of course, I’m leading the effort to make sure that everybody across the country has the opportunity to do what we do in Oregon, which is to vote safely and conveniently by mail.”

Wyden adds that the postal service is “essential” for tackling the pandemic, by delivering health care products to hospitals and clinics.