May 12, 2020

Congressman Neguse Secures $25 Billion for the U.S. Postal Service in Next House Coronavirus Funding Package

Washington D.C.—Congressman Joe Neguse announced today that he has secured $25 billion for the U.S. Postal Service in the next proposed Coronavirus aid package. House Democrats today released text of the proposed plan, the HEROES Act, or the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, which would increase aid for state and local governments on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis; extend unemployment insurance benefits; and provide more direct payments to Americans. Earlier this year, Congressman Joe Neguse introduced the Protect Our Post Offices Act, legislation to provide emergency supplemental appropriations to protect postal workers and local post offices. As a member of House Democratic Leadership, Congressman Neguse has been advocating for direct USPS funding for the last few weeks, building 91 cosponsors of his legislation. 

The proposed aid package from the House will include $25 billion for the U.S. Postal Service as was recommended in Congressman Neguse’s legislation. 

“Now more than ever, as we are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Coloradans are relying on mail delivery services toreceive essential supplies, medications, mail ballots, 2020 Census forms and stimulus checks,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “My plan will provide $25 billion in much-needed emergency supplemental appropriations to equip our postal workers and support our local post offices. My proposal is common-sense and has gained the support of over 90 of my colleagues in the U.S. House from across the country. I’m pleased to secure inclusion of this essential funding in the HEROES Act.”

In addition to securing funding for USPS, proposals from Congressman Joe Neguse to provide direct funding for smaller cities and counties, $11.5 billion for Emergency Solution Grants, price gouging provisions and an extension of the SNAP program were also included in the HEROES Act.