Rep. Joe Neguse from Colorado has introduced the Protect Our Post Offices Act in the House

Message from National President Dan Heins (4/1/2020): 

Good afternoon!

I wanted to report some good news from Washington, DC. Today Congressman Joe Neguse (Ne-Goose), a Democrat from Colorado, has introduced the Protect Our Post Offices Act in the House. This bill would provide the Postal Service with emergency supplemental appropriations of $25 billion.  Unlike the $10 billion in borrowing authority that was included in the CARES Act last week, this money would not need to be paid back.

There is still much work to be done, but I am working closely with our legislative team to make sure this bill is included in the Phase IV legislation we talked about last night on our telecom.  I would encourage all of you to reach out to your Representative and encourage them to support Rep. Neguse’s Protect Our Post Offices Act.  You can find email information for your Representative at: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative.  There is a sample email text below along with the bill itself.

In the meantime, it is very important that you continue to send updates on PPE shortages and any other operational issues related to the coronavirus to your state chapter president.  We are making sure all of your needs are being communicated to the appropriate House and Senate staff as they work to develop the Phase IV legislation.

Thanks,

Daniel M. Heins
 

Sample Letter:

Dear Congressman/woman_________

     I'm a ______________in the United States Postal Service in CITY/STATE.  Every day I'm working on the front line to make sure the Postal Service continues to maintain on-time and consistent deliveries for customers who are quarantining and rely on mail for essential supplies like food and medicine.

     Therefore, I'm urging you to support Rep. Joe Neguse's (D-CO) Protect Our Post Offices Act which will provide much needed support for the Postal Service and all front-line postal workers like me.

     Rep. Neguse's legislation will ensure that the postal service remains viable even with the rapidly decreasing mail volume.  It will also provide access to critical personal protective equipment to protect postal workers from the corona virus outbreak.  I urge your support for this critical piece of legislation.

     Thank you for your consideration.

 

The Bill: 

H. R. 6425

 

Making emergency appropriations for the United States Postal Service due to the coronavirus pandemic, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 31, 2020

Mr. Neguse introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Appropriations, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

Making emergency appropriations for the United States Postal Service due to the coronavirus pandemic, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “Protect Our Post Offices Act”.

SEC. 2. APPROPRIATION TO POSTAL SERVICE FUND FOR CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC.

The following sums are hereby appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020, and for other purposes, namely:

United States Postal Service.—

Payment To The Postal Service Fund.—For payment to the Postal Service Fund established under section 2003 of title 39, United States Code, for revenue forgone due to the coronavirus pandemic, $25,000,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2022: Provided, That such amount is designated by the Congress as being for an emergency requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 and shall be available only if the President subsequently so designates such amount and transmits such designation to the Congress.

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