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Wittman urges Treasury to fully support USPS operations

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Washington, August 17, 2020 | comments

Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) this week sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to ensure that timely and reliable mail service continues during a period of increased scrutiny of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

“Recently, I have heard from a significant number of constitutes across the First Congressional District reporting delayed mail services,” Congressman Wittman wrote, “impacting critical shipments of medications, harming businesses and casting doubt on the USPS preparedness to handle the expected increased number of absentee votes by mail during the upcoming general election. … I would encourage you to continue to work with Postmaster General DeJoy to ensure reliable and sustainable mail service, vital to so many Virginians.”

This letter follows Congressman Wittman’s recent request to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam for a joint briefing between USPS and the Virginia Department of Elections to address concerns about the level of preparedness as the United States nears the November election.

Congressman Wittman’s letter is reproduced in its entirety below:

The Honorable Steven T. Mnuchin
Secretary of the Treasury
United States Department of the Treasury
Washington, D.C.

Dear Secretary Mnuchin:

I am writing you regarding your authority under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (P.L. 116-136, Section 6001) to ensure that the appropriate support is made available to provide reliable and timely mail service by the United States Postal Service (USPS) during these extremely challenging times.

Recently, I have heard from a significant number of constituents across the First Congressional District reporting delayed mail services-- impacting critical shipments of medications, harming businesses and casting doubt on the USPS preparedness to handle the expected increased number of absentee votes by mail during the upcoming general election.

As you know, Section 6001of the CARES Act included $10 billion in additional borrowing authority to help the USPS with the financial shortfalls that have occurred due to COVID-19. I am encouraged to hear that recently the Department of Treasury and USPS have reached an agreement on loan terms should the need arise, allowing USPS to access additional funding for ongoing operations. I would encourage you to continue to work with Postmaster General DeJoy to ensure reliable and sustainable mail service, vital to so many Virginians.

Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to continuing to work together to address these and other critical issues facing the nation.

Sincerely,

 

Congressman Rob Wittman represents the 1st District of Virginia. He serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, where he serves as the ranking member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.

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