Congressman helps pass legislation with bipartisan support to provide critical funding for USPS and reverse changes that delay mail delivery
WASHINGTON, DC — August 22, 2020 — Congressman Max Rose voted to pass the Delivering for America Act, which passed the House of Representatives tonight with bipartisan support yesterday. The legislation, to which Rose is a co-sponsor, provides additional funding to the United States Postal Service (USPS) and prohibits any changes to the operations or service levels that would impede prompt, reliable, and efficient service for the duration of the coronavirus crisis or through January 2021.
“The message is loud and clear: do not mess with the Postal Service,” Rose said. “The changes that have already been made must be reversed—not punted for a few months. This isn’t just about mail in voting, though. Seniors, veterans, and so many others depend on the Postal Service to deliver prescriptions on time. Small businesses need reliable mail delivery to survive. For generations, hardworking Postal employees have delivered the mail through rain, snow, heat and storm—and they take pride in doing so. It’s disgusting to see political insiders try to undermine their work.”
The vote comes at the same time as newly uncovered internal Postal Service documents warning Postmaster General DeJoy about steep declines and increasing delays nationwide over the last two months, delays that are far worse than originally believed. Millions of Americans, including seniors, veterans and small businesses, rely on the USPS for their mail, delivery of prescriptions, and safe and reliable mail-in voting, among other services.
The Delivering for America Act would:
- Provide $25 billion in critically-needed emergency appropriations for the Postal Service, the level of funding recommended by the USPS Board of Governors, which is composed of 100 percent Trump appointees, which was also passed by the House of Representatives earlier this year as part of the Heroes Act.
- Prohibit any changes that would:
- Generally affect service on a substantially nationwide basis
- Revise existing service standards, prevent the USPS from meeting its service standards, or cause a decline in performance measurement
- Consolidate or reduce hours of any postal office or postal facility or prohibit overtime pay
- Delay mail delivery or increase volume of undelivered mail
- Require the Postal Service to treat all official election mail as First-Class mail
- Prohibit the removal of mailboxes and the removal, decommissioning, or other stoppage of mail sorting machines, other than for routine maintenance; Explicitly reverse any changes already implemented to the operations or policies of the Postal Service that delay mail delivery.
SOURCE: Jonas Edwards-Jenks | Communications Director | Congressman Max Rose