Donald Trump has declared war on the U.S. Postal Service in order to make it harder for people to vote by mail. It hurts all Americans…
The pandemic has placed financial strains on the post office—and when coupled with a 2006 law requiring the Postal Service to pre-fund retirees’ health care benefits, a requirement that exists for no other public or private entity, it is no surprise that the Postal Service is facing significant economic burdens. Yet Trump has repeatedly refused to provide it with the necessary funding to continue effective operations, noting that “they need that money in order to make the Postal Service work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots.”
The Trump administration recently orchestrated the appointment of a top fundraiser for the Republican Party, Louis DeJoy, as the postmaster general. DeJoy is the first postmaster in more than 20 years to lack any experience with the Postal Service, and he has serious conflicts of interest. Dejoy has a multimillion dollar stake in a supply chain logistics company that contracts with the Postal Service. Since his appointment, DeJoy has secretly taken steps that have slowed the delivery of mail.
The U.S. Postal Service has been a part of the fabric of American life for more than 200 years. It is even more vital during a pandemic that limits in-person interactions.
- The U.S. Postal Service touches the lives of virtually every American:
- The U.S. Postal Service is a vital part of the U.S. economy:
- The mailing industry generates $1.58 trillion in sales revenue. Eighty percent of mail industry jobs depend on the delivery infrastructure, most of which is operated by the U.S. Postal Service.
- Eighteen percent of Americans pay their bills via the mail, including 40 percent of seniors.
- Nearly 1 in 5 Americans receive their tax refund through the mail.