The U.S. Postal Service is a lifeline for so many people in Maine and around the nation, who rely on USPS for everything from prescriptions to Social Security checks to letters from friends and family. Now, that lifeline is in danger of bankruptcy due to reduced mail traffic and increased costs during the Covid-19 pandemic.
It’s unlikely that a private mail service would see profit in delivering mail to rural areas. Without the USPS, many communities would have to pay much more to simply get their mail.
What’s more, the current pandemic makes voting by mail through absentee ballot a necessity for millions, meaning a threat to USPS is a threat to our democracy. There's a reason that the post office was established in the US Constitution as a fundamental guarantee of the right to send and receive mail.
USPS was set up for crisis in 2006 by the HR 6407, the so-called Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, which crippled the Post Office’s ability to survive emergency situations by forcing the USPS to fund 75 years worth of pension obligations, something no other business or public entity does in practice. This bill was passed with bipartisan support, including Senator Susan Collins.
Lisa Savage has pledged to save USPS with legislation to provide more flexibility for retirement funding for postal workers, and create a contingency fund that would allow the otherwise self-sufficient USPS to have rainy day funds for emergencies such as the current pandemic. She is calling on her fellow candidates to do the same.
Join Lisa in calling on Congress to pledge their support for the US Postal Service today!