The U.S. Postal Service has handled an astounding surge in package demand as millions of Americans have come to rely on home deliveries of food, medicine, and other essentials during the crisis. But the pandemic has also led to plummeting mail revenue and rising labor costs. COVID-19 has sidelined thousands of frontline postal workers, and as of the end of June, at least 69 had lost their lives to the virus.

A bipartisan group of senators recently introduced an emergency relief bill to allow the Postal Service to continue providing essential services. The bill offers up to $25 billion to cover crisis-related losses and ensures access to a line of credit. The House approved similar postal aid in May as part of a broad stimulus bill.

Read the full article at The Hill.

Sarah Anderson directs the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies and co-edits Follow her on Twitter @SarahDAnderson1.

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