REPS LIEU, MCNERNEY, PETERS, TAKANO, AGUILAR SUPPORT BILL TO PROTECT AMERICANS WHO RELY ON POSTAL SERVICE

August 21, 2020
Press Release

Postmaster’s Temporary Pause Doesn’t Undo Damage Already Done for Americans Depending on Postal Service to Deliver Ballots, Medicines and More

LOS ANGELES  – Representatives Ted Lieu (D-Los Angeles County), Jerry McNerney (CA-09), Scott Peters (CA-52), Mark Takano (CA-41), and Pete Aguilar (CA-31) are supporting legislation the House plans to pass Saturday to save the Postal Service from sabotage.

This week, thanks to the activism of Democrats and the American people, Postmaster General DeJoy announced what may be a temporary pause in operational changes delaying the mail.  This is a necessary but insufficient first step in ending the President’s election sabotage campaign.  This pause only halts a limited number of the Postmaster’s changes, does not reverse damage already done and alone is not enough to ensure voters will not be disenfranchised by the President this fall.

The Postal Service is a pillar of our democracy, enshrined in the Constitution and essential for providing critical services: delivering prescriptions, Social Security benefits, paychecks, tax returns and absentee ballots to millions of Americans, including in our most remote communities.

Yet, the President – enabled by his top mega-donor Postmaster General Louis DeJoy – is waging a campaign to sabotage the election by manipulating the Postal Service to disenfranchise voters.  Across the nation, Postmaster General DeJoy continues to push forward sweeping new operational changes that degrade postal service, delay the mail and threaten to deny the ability of eligible Americans to cast their votes through the mail in the upcoming elections in a timely fashion.  The Postal Service itself has warned that voters, even if they send in their ballots by state deadlines, may be disenfranchised in 46 states and in Washington, D.C. by the Postmaster General’s manufactured delays.

On Saturday, the House will return to session to vote on Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Maloney’s ‘Delivering for America Act,’ which prohibits the Postal Service from implementing any new changes to operations or level of service it had in place on January 1, 2020.

“Our country needs a strong postal service to function. We rely on it to pay rent, to receive medicine, to vote, and so on. The President’s efforts to obstruct the operations of the U.S. Postal Service will disenfranchise voters and destabilize our democracy. USPS has broad bipartisan support - so I hope to see my colleagues across the aisle vote in favor of our ‘Delivering for America Act,’ which prohibits the Postal Service from implementing any new changes to operations or level of service it had in place on January 1, 2020,” said Rep. Lieu.

"This isn’t a partisan issue. My office has received an onslaught of calls from San Diegans, Republicans and Democrats alike, who are struggling. Seniors and veterans are worried about critical medicine delays and late fees from bills paid by mail, and citizens are demanding answers about this demolition of democracy taking place before our very eyes,” said Rep. Peters. "President Trump has voted by mail the last few election cycles, and he even cast a vote-by-mail ballot in Florida this week. All we want is for his vote, as well as every other American’s vote, to count this year.”

“President Trump is manipulating the U.S. Postal Service to make it harder for voters to cast their ballot from the safety of their home during a pandemic,” said Rep. Takano. “But he’s not only undermining the right to vote for the American people, he’s also disrupting a service people rely on to get their prescriptions, to pay their bills, to receive important communications, and for other essential services. Veterans are one of the groups that rely on the USPS. They rely on the USPS for employment, to receive their prescriptions, and to get important information from VA. 97,000 veterans work for the USPS and 80% of VA prescriptions are sent via mail -- dismantling the USPS could have a significant effect on veterans’ lives. Congress must save the USPS and pass the Delivering for America Act.”

“The Postal Service is a pillar of our democracy, enshrined in the Constitution and essential for providing critical services. Seniors and veterans need the USPS to deliver prescriptions, taxpayers need the USPS to mail and receive their tax returns, small businesses rely on USPS to reach their customers and voters across the country need the USPS to cast their ballots. But the Trump Administration, led by the new Postmaster General DeJoy, are waging war on the postal service by eliminating overtime, pulling mail sorting machines out of service and cutting or reshuffling experienced USPS leadership. That is why I am returning to Washington to cast my vote for the Delivering for America Act and why we need the Senate and the president to sign this bill into law,” said Rep. Aguilar. “I thank the postal union leaders for their service and for standing with me to call out this coordinated attempt to erode our postal system that our community depends on.”

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