United States Postal Service

The Phase Three Coronavirus Economic Recovery Package extended a $10 billion loan for the United States Postal Service (USPS) in light of hardships posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The USPS projects that the pandemic will trigger revenue losses in the neighborhood of $13 billion on top of their current $160 billion in debt and unfunded liabilities. At present the Postal Service has barely enough cash to survive into 2021.

Daines has taken decisive action to address the existential threat posed to this agency that presently serves over 159 million addresses six days a week through 620,000 employees.

  • In December 2019 Daines introduced the USPS Fairness Act which that would lift the unfair financial burden of "pre-funding" retiree health benefits, which no other federal agency or private company is required to do, and would save the USPS $33.9 billion
  • Daines urged Senate Leadership in a May 9, 2020 letter to include robust funding for the USPS in the Phase Four Coronavirus stimulus package
  • Daines Introduced S. 4174 the Postal Service Emergency Assistance Act which would give the USPS $25 billion to keep their operations afloat and their workers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, all while remaining accountable to the public.
  • Daines Introduced Postal Service Emergency Assistance Act as an amendment for inclusion in the Phase Four Stimulus package.
  • Daines sent a letter to Postmaster General DeJoy on August 6, 2020 encouraging him to keep mail delivery on time.