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Norcross Says the Post Office is Under Attack

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has been part of America since before America began, enshrined in Article 1 of our Constitution and deemed essential by our founders. Letters to the ed 1

 

Today, admist the COVID-19 pandemic, our Postal Service has become more vital than ever, with millions of Americans and businesses of all sizes depending on its services, including the delivery of medicine, food, paychecks, tax refunds, election ballots and much more.

Earlier today, I hosted a press conference at the USPS distribution center in Bellmawr, where just last week they processed 16.4 million pieces of mail, up 2 million from the same time last year. I joined current and retired postal workers, union leaders and local officials to discuss the importance of the Postal Service and call on the Administration to protect it.

This pandemic is far from over, and we cannot allow the Administration to turn its back on these workers and their vital services.

USPS Under Attack

 

While the pandemic remains far from under control, the Trump Administration has been quietly running a campaign to undermine and dismantle the U.S. Postal Service, including removing mail sorting machines from post offices around the country.

The Postal Service has reportedly notified 46 states and the District of Columbia that they may be unable to deliver some ballots cast by mail for the November election in time to be counted, yet President Trump continues to publicly oppose any effort to strengthen the Postal Service and protect our November election.

Congressional Action

Last week, I teamed up with more than 80 of my colleagues across party lines to express deep concerns to Postmaster General DeJoy about these operational changes that are compromising service.

Back in May, House Democrats delivered a COVID-19 rescue plan to the U.S. Postal Service as part of the Heroes Act. Our bill includes $25 billion to shore up the Postal Service and ends the Treasury Department’s blockade of a $10 billion loan that Congress previously authorized for the U.S. Postal Service in the CARES Act.

This 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 changes to operations or level of service it had in place on January 1, 2020, and provides $25 billion in critical funding to support the Postal Service.

On Monday, August 24, Postmaster General DeJoy and Chairman of the USPS Board of Governors Robert Duncan will testify at an urgent hearing before the Committee on Oversight and Reform. The Postmaster General will answer to Congress and the American people as to why they are pushing these dangerous new policies.

Sincerely,

Donald Norcross
Member of Congress

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