Heroes Act Would Provide USPS Emergency Financial Relief and Hazard Pay
Yesterday, the 13 House Committee chairmen with jurisdction over coronavirus relief introduced major legislation to, in part, provide emergency financial assistance to the U.S. Postal Service. The "Heroes Act", H.R. 6800, would provide $25 billion in the form of an emergency appropriation to the USPS. In addition, the measure would eliminate the Treasury Department-demanded conditions that were attached to the $10 billion in increased postal credit authority enacted last month. In addition, the bill would provide "Pandemic Premium Pay" for postal employees, which includes frontline postal supervisors, managers and postmasters. The pay would be an additional $13 per hour up to a maximum of $10,000. Among the H.R. 6800's sponsors was House Oversight and Reform Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). It is important that NAPS members urge their members of Congress to vote in favor of the measure. The bill could be considered as early as Friday.