ST. LOUIS — St. Louis postal workers, labor leaders and elected officials on Tuesday called on the U.S. Senate to reconvene and advance a House-approved $25 billion emergency relief package meant to shore up the U.S. Postal Service ahead of the November election and reverse recent cuts to the agency under President Donald Trump’s administration.

“The U.S. Postal Service is a bedrock institution for every American,” said Becky Livingston, president of the local chapter of the American Postal Workers Union at a rally outside the Main Post Office, 1720 Market Street. “Our elected leaders must support $25 billion in funding to make sure the post office can run effectively, and (U.S.) Postmaster (General Louis) DeJoy must reverse his harmful slowdown policies immediately.”

The rally was part of nationwide protest by the postal workers union to rally support for the House legislation, which garnered bipartisan support amid concerns that the cuts would lead to disruptions that could potentially affect the delivery of mail-in ballots in Nov. 3 general election.

Postal workers and their supporters, including Cori Bush, the Democratic nominee for Missouri’s 1st Congressional District, directed their pleas to the state’s two senators, both Republicans.

“Sen. Josh Hawley, Sen. Roy Blunt, we’re asking you to do the right thing,” Bush said.

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