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Lawmakers unveil measure to give Postal Service $6B for electric vehicles

Lawmakers unveil measure to give Postal Service $6B for electric vehicles

House Democrats have introduced a proposal to give the U.S. Postal Service billions to equip the department with tens of thousands of electric delivery vehicles.

The bill would allocate $6 billion in funding to Postal Service and require at least 75 percent of a new fleet be electric or zero-emission vehicles, according to Reuters.

“We welcome and are interested in any support from Congress that advances the goal of a Postal Service vehicle fleet with zero emissions, and the necessary infrastructure required to operate it,” the Postal Service said in a statement to the outlet Monday. “With the right level of support, the majority of the Postal Service’s fleet can be electric by the end of the decade.”

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The bill is sponsored by Rep. Jared HuffmanJared William HuffmanHaaland: No plan 'right now' for permanent drill leasing ban Safe and ethical seafood on the menu this Congress Modernizing transportation can help tackle the climate crisis MORE (D-Calif.) and has support from Reps. Peter DeFazioPeter Anthony DeFazioNewest Boeing 737 Max takes first test flight FAA official defends SpaceX despite unauthorized December launch High-speed rail getting last minute push in Congress MORE (D-Ore.), and Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn MaloneyEnergized Trump probes pose problems for Biden Lawmakers expand investigation of troubled Baltimore vaccine plant How ERA is good for the economy MORE (D-N.Y.). 

President BidenJoe BidenSchumer vows to advance two-pronged infrastructure plan next month Biden appoints veteran housing, banking regulator as acting FHFA chief Iran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' MORE earlier this year announced a promise to replace vehicles owned by the federal government with U.S.-made electric vehicles.

“The federal government also owns an enormous fleet of vehicles which we're going to replace with clean, electric vehicles made right here in America by American workers,” Biden said in January.

The bill would mandate at least half of medium and heavy-duty vehicle purchases be electric or zero-emission through 2029, Reuters reported, and all new Postal Service vehicles to be zero-emission by 2040.