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RALEIGH, NC – President Trump threatened to block federal aid for the United States Postal Service if it doesn’t raise shipping prices for online retailers, a move that would hurt rural communities, the elderly and disabled, and small businesses. Cal Cunningham, who has been a strong voice for small towns and rural communities, expressed concern about the president’s comments, highlighting the critical role the USPS plays in getting North Carolinians the essentials they need. Now, he is calling on Thom Tillis to stand up to the administration to protect the communities he represents from higher costs.
“North Carolina families are increasingly reliant on the Postal Service during this pandemic to receive prescriptions and other essentials, and threatening to increase costs on consumers who are already hurting is the wrong answer,” said Cal Cunningham. “Thom Tillis needs to speak out against this threat to North Carolinians’ pocketbooks and take steps to bolster our Postal Service without hiking costs.”
Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, Tillis has refused to stand up to members of his own party. Tillis admitted that he agreed with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that state and local governments should “use the bankruptcy route” instead of receiving federal aid, even as his home state is “staring down a multi-billion dollar revenue shortfall” that threatens jobs for police, teachers, and first-responders, as well as essential services. In response, Cal Cunningham said, “communities around North Carolina are hurting, and we deserve a Senator who will fight for the resources they need.” Cal has also raised concerns that cities with a population of less than 500,000 are not able to directly apply for federal coronavirus relief.
Cal has repeatedly spoken out about the specific challenges facing rural communities and small towns in North Carolina and the need for increased investment during the coronavirus pandemic, including expanding access to high-speed broadband.
Cal’s campaign is following recommendations of health officials and Gov. Cooper, postponing in-person events and teleworking. Click here for the most up-to-date information about North Carolina’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the North Carolina Division of Health and Human Services or call 866-462-3821.