Role of the United States Postal Service in the Age of COVID-19   [open html - 0B]

From the Document: "The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has claimed many victims and is threatening to claim another one--the United States Postal Service (USPS). In May 2020, a statement from the USPS said that the its main source of revenue--letter-mail volume--had dropped dramatically as businesses cut back on sending advertisements and bulk mail and that it will exhaust its cash on hand by the end of September. Unlike other federal agencies, the USPS does not receive tax dollars for its operating expenses; instead, it relies on postage and product sales and services. Given these dire circumstances, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $3 trillion coronavirus relief package on May 15 that included relief funds for the USPS, although the Senate is unlikely to consider the bill. However, this is not the first time the USPS has needed federal relief, and this request is being debated in Congress in light of whether we need the USPS at all, given the other private delivery services that are now available."

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