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Rural Progressives Spearhead Call to Fully Fund United States Postal Service

Over 200,000 Americans Join Demand From RuralOrganizing.org and MoveOn for Congress and the White House Fully Fund the Postal Service in the Next Stimulus Bill

Columbus, OH—The United States Postal Service is one of the government’s oldest and most reliable entities - and that’s especially true in rural America. The Postal Service has long been a lifeline for rural communities.  This week, Rural Organizing and MoveOne launched a petition that has quickly  garnered over 200,000 signatures calling for action to save the Postal Service.

However, because of the pandemic, the agency could run out of cash by the end of September if Congress fails to act and news reports indicate that President Trump blocked a bipartisan attempt to fund the agency.

The following is a statement by Matthew Hildreth, Executive Director of RuralOrganizing.org:

For years, some Republicans have tried to push mail service toward privatization — either by setting highly prescriptive loan terms or by essentially forcing it into bankruptcy.  But, it’s the Postal Service that delivers to rural and remote parts of the company, often on behalf of the private delivery companies who don’t want to risk their profit margins by providing service to everyone.

Every member of Congress, but especially those representing rural states and districts, should be demanding that  the White House fully fund the United States Postal Service in the next stimulus bill. Instead, we’re going to see which of those members put their loyalty to Trump ahead of their constituents - again.

The pandemic is hitting rural communities extremely hard. The rural health system was already in trouble. Too many Republican Governors failed to act responsibly.  Now, Trump is threatening another one of rural America’s most reliable lifelines. The outpouring of support for the RuralOrganizing.org/MoveOn petition to save the Postal Service sends a clear message: Congress must act now.

 The mission of RuralOrganizing.org  is to rebuild a rural America that is empowered, thriving, and equitable. Follow us on Twitter @RuralOrganizing.

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