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Maloney Votes to Protect and Support United States Postal Service

Aug 22, 2020
Press Release

Maloney Votes to Protect and Support United States Postal Service

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) voted to pass H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act, a bipartisan bill that will prevent service reductions to the United States Postal Service (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.

“Every day, the USPS brings life-saving prescription drugs, paychecks, tax returns, and important mail to veterans and families across the Hudson Valley,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “The attacks on the USPS undermine this service, and threaten our wellbeing and our democracy during this public health crisis. I’m proud to vote to protect this vital institution we all depend on and will continue to fight against any attack on our democracy.”

The Delivering for America Act will help combat service reductions and funding concerns by:

  • Providing $25 billion in critical funding to keep the USPS afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Delaying far-reaching service changes that will affect service nationwide until after the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency, including changes that may result in delayed mail and a larger volume of undelivered mail
  • Banning the reduction of operations or service levels to levels below what the USPS had in place on January 1, 2020
  • Preventing closures of post offices and reduced hours
  • Prohibiting denial of overtime pay to USPS employees

The USPS is a constitutionally enshrined service that delivers life-saving prescriptions, Social Security benefits, paychecks, tax returns, and absentee ballots to millions of Americans each year. In 2019, the USPS delivered nearly 143 billion pieces of mail.

Since his appointment by President Trump in May 2020, the Trump Administration’s new Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, has threatened new operational changes that would delay mail and package delivery, and make it harder for Americans to cast their votes through the mail in the upcoming election. The Postal Service itself has warned that voters across the country may be disenfranchised by the Postmaster General’s manufactured delays, even if they send in their ballots by state deadlines.

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.