08.22.20

Schiff Votes to Save the U.S. Postal Service and Right to Vote from Assaults by Trump Administration

Legislation Would Provide Critical Funding to USPS and Prohibit Operational Changes that Impede Reliable Service

Washington D.C. – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) voted yes on H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act, a critical bill to save the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and the right to vote from the Trump Administration’s ongoing assaults. The bill passed the House by a vote of 257-150.

“Every day, millions of Americans rely on the USPS – to receive medications, conduct business, stay in contact, and, beginning in just a few weeks, vote by mail. That’s why I just voted to protect the USPS from damage and delays resulting from the actions of the Trump Administration’s Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy,” said Rep. Schiff. “While the Postmaster General has suspended his sweeping new restrictions that are negatively impacting veterans, small businesses, and everyday Americans, we have a ways to go. These policies must be reversed and critically needed funding for the USPS must be provided.”

The Delivering for America Act has several key provisions, including:

  • Prohibiting the Postal Service from implementing or approving any changes to the operations or service levels in effect on January 1, 2020, that would impede prompt, reliable, and efficient service.  The prohibition remains in effect during the duration of the coronavirus public health emergency or January 2021, whichever is later.
  • Requiring the Postal Service to treat all election mail as first-class mail.
  • Providing $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.

Earlier this week, Rep. Schiff hosted an event at the Bob Hope Post Office in Downtown Burbank to highlight how cuts in service instituted by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy are significantly delaying mail delivery and negatively impacting constituents, including veterans and local small businesses.

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