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Maloney Supports Bill to Protect United States Postal Service

Aug 20, 2020
Press Release

Maloney Supports Bill to Protect United States Postal Service


Newburgh, NYRep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced his support of new legislation aimed at protecting the long-term viability of the United States Postal Service (USPS), which has suffered under the leadership of the Trump Administration’s new Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy.


“Seniors, veterans and families across the Hudson Valley rely on the Postal Service to deliver the packages and mail we need – including lifesaving prescription drugs, tax returns, and paychecks. And during the height of the pandemic in New York, we turned to the USPS to deliver packages and groceries when it wasn’t safe to leave our homes,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “The Postal Service is enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and we must protect it from this Administration’s reckless, political efforts to undermine it, and the vital services that millions of Americans depend on.”


The USPS, which facilitates the delivery of life-saving prescriptions, Social Security benefits, paychecks, tax returns and absentee ballots to millions of Americans, is a service enshrined in the United States Constitution. The new Postmaster General, who was appointed by President Trump in May, attempted to implement new operational changes that could delay mail and package delivery, 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 may be disenfranchised by the Postmaster General’s manufactured delays, even if they send in their ballots by state deadlines. After public outcry and pressure from Congress, Postmaster General DeJoy reversed his decision to implement these potentially damaging changes.


Last week, Rep. Maloney joined 190 of his colleagues in the House of Representatives in calling for a reversal of policies that have worsened the crisis facing the Postal Service and exacerbated a dramatic increase in delayed and undelivered mail across the country.


Additionally, the House will vote on a new bill on Saturday, led by Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-12), the Delivering for America Act. This bill prohibits the Postal Service from implementing any changes to operations or level of service it had in place on January 1, 2020. The bill will also include $25 billion to support the USPS. Congressman Maloney supports this vital legislative package.