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Maloney: The USPS is too important to be used as a pawn by this Administration, and we need to fight back and support it

Sep 3, 2020
Press Release

Maloney: The USPS is too important to be used as a pawn by this Administration, and we need to fight back and support it

Newburgh, NY – Today, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) held a press conference with postal workers outside of the Newburgh Post Office on Liberty Street and discussed the procedural changes that have negatively impacted postal operations within the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Rep. Maloney also highlighted the Delivering for America Act, a recently-passed bipartisan bill that will prevent service reductions to the USPS and provide $25 billion in urgently-needed funding to respond to the economic stress put on the USPS during the COVID-19 pandemic, and protect the long-term viability of the USPS. More information on the Delivering for America Act can be found here and below.

“Our postal workers are our frontline heroes. They’ve worked throughout this pandemic to deliver the mail, packages and prescription drugs we rely on. The USPS is too important to be used as a pawn by this Administration, and we need to fight back and support it. I was proud to help pass the Delivering for America Act, which would block any service changes and provide critically-needed emergency funding, and will continue to stand up for our postal workers and all of the folks in the Hudson Valley who rely on the USPS,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

The coronavirus pandemic has burdened postal employees, operational standards and the financial solvency of the USPS. Over 7,600 postal workers have contracted the coronavirus, and 44,000 have been forced to quarantine after exposure to the virus. Tragically, over 80 postal workers have died. The spike in online shopping and package delivery has slowed handling and operations, while first-class mail operations and marketing mail have declined considerably, with one billion fewer pieces of first-class mail being sent compared to 2019.

As the USPS grappled with the extreme impact of the pandemic, the Trump Administration appointed Louis DeJoy as Postmaster General. The Postmaster General quickly instituted cuts and changes to postal service standards, banned overtime pay for employees, and restructured longtime executive leadership. These changes had a nearly immediate negative impact on postal operations, resulting in delayed and missing mail across the country.

Many fear the changes to Postal Service operations were politically motivated, as millions of voters will turn to mail-in and absentee voting in the wake of the pandemic. The USPS announced in late-August the current operational limitations of the USPS would limit the capability to process ballots in 46 states and D.C. ahead of the November election.

Rep. Maloney’s press conference can be streamed here.

Background on the House-passed Delivering for America Act:

The Delivering for America Act would prohibit:

  • Any change that would generally affect service on a nationwide or substantially nationwide basis;
  • Any revision of existing service standards;
  • Closing, consolidating or reducing the hours of any post office or postal facility;
  • Any prohibition on paying overtime to Postal Service officers or employees;
  • Any change that would prevent the Postal Service from meeting its service standards or cause a decline in measurements of performance relative to those standards; and
  • Any change that would have the effect of delaying mail or increasing the volume of undelivered mail.

This legislation will also:

  • Include $25 billion requested by the Postal Service and supported unanimously and on a bipartisan basis by the Trump-appointed Postal Board of Governors;
  • Require the Postal Service to treat all official election mail as First-Class mail;
  • Prohibit the removal, decommissioning or other stoppage of mail sorting machines, other than for routine maintenance;
  • Prohibit the removal of mailboxes; and
  • Explicitly reverse any changes already implemented to the operations or policies of the Postal Service that delay mail delivery.