Today, I voted for the Delivering for America Act, which provides emergency funding for the United States Postal Service (USPS) and prohibits operational changes at USPS during the pandemic.
The Postal Service is a lifeline to communities across central and southwestern Illinois. The men and women of the Postal Service are working tirelessly during this pandemic, and we need to do everything we can to support them, which is why I support the Delivering for America Act. Since coming to Congress, I’ve worked across the aisle to support the Postal Service, which is why I was so disappointed when somehow the Postal Service became a political weapon. We should not be politicizing the Postal Service and in turn, the thousands of hard-working employees that serve each of our districts. I do not believe the post office is trying to sabotage our elections, as some Democrats have claimed. I’m voting for this bill because we’re in the pandemic, the Postal Service is vital to our society, and they need our help.
I have been a strong supporter of additional federal assistance for the USPS. Back in early May, I co-signed a letter sent to Republican leaders urging them to support the USPS in negotiations over COVID-19 relief legislation.
The letter closed by stating: “Millions of Americans depend on the Postal Service throughout their daily lives but especially during the coronavirus pandemic USPS is serving an important role. Any interruption to service could be detrimental not only to USPS but also to our constituents across the country.”
Additionally, I have co-sponsored legislation to provide additional support to the USPS:
H. Res. 33 – expresses a sense of congress that the USPS should remain an independent entity of the US government and NOT be subject to privatization
H.R. 2382, the USPS Fairness Act – repeals the mandate that USPS has to pre-fund future retirement health benefits. Passed House in February
H. Res. 23 – door delivery for residential and businesses
H. Res. 54 – USPS should maintain their 6-day delivery schedule
H. Res. 60 – Service Standards – USPS should maintain the service standards set in 2012