Statement from Rep. Katko on U.S. Postal Service Legislation Before the House

August 21, 2020
Press Release

SYRACUSE, NY— U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) released the following statement ahead of tomorrow’s scheduled vote in the House: 

 “This weekend, the House is set to consider legislation to ensure the viability of the United States Postal Service (USPS) during the ongoing pandemic. Now, more than ever, our community is relying on the USPS to deliver essential goods, medication, absentee ballots, and to ensure timely delivery of rental and mortgage payments and bills.  Slowing of these services would have a disastrous impact on the lives of many Americans.  Now is not the time to jeopardize USPS operations or delay services.  I will cast my vote in favor of the measure before the House.

“Both sides have pointed fingers and politicized this issue.  But the long-term solvency of the USPS is a real crisis that began well before, and extends well beyond the current election and pandemic.  During Fiscal Year 2019, the USPS experienced a net loss of $8.8 billion, adding to its existing $11 billion in debt. Going forward, the USPS must adapt to address its significant debt and solvency issues, which have only worsened as a result of COVID-19.  Both sides in Congress must engage in a thoughtful discussion on how to enact fiscally responsible change, while maintaining postal services for our nation.”


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