Chairwoman Maloney Introduces “Delivering for America Act” to Protect Delivery Standards for U.S. Postal Service
Washington, D.C. (Aug. 12, 2020)—On Tuesday, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, introduced the Delivering for America Act in the wake of unprecedented changes proposed by the new Postmaster General to the operations and organizational structure of the U.S. Postal Service.
Chairwoman Maloney issued the following statement:
“Our Postal Service should not become an instrument of partisan politics, but instead must be protected as a neutral, independent entity that focuses on one thing and one thing only—delivering the mail. Millions of people rely on the Postal Service every day to communicate, to access critical medications, and to vote. At this juncture in our nation’s history, when the number of Americans voting by mail for this Presidential election is expected to more than double from the last, Congress must protect the right of all eligible citizens to have their vote counted. A once-in-a-century pandemic is no time to enact changes that threaten service reliability and transparency. The Delivering for America Act would reverse these changes so this fundamental American service can continue unimpeded.”
The Delivering for America Act would prohibit the Postal Service from implementing any changes to the operations or level of service it had in place on January 1, 2020, until the COVID-19 pandemic has ended. This legislation would maintain current service standards as well as the integrity of our elections and bedrock democratic principles.
On July 10, 2020, an internal Postal Service memo directed employees to leave mail behind at distribution centers and to significantly curtail overtime, undermining long-established organizational norms that have ensured the timely distribution of mail for decades.
On August 7, 2020, a memo detailing the restructuring of the Postal Service revealed the reassignment of 23 postal executives in an overhaul that analysts warn “deemphasizes decades’ worth of institutional postal knowledge” and “centralizes power around DeJoy.” The restructure also proposed a hiring freeze, early retirements, unit realignments, and regional downscaling.
Questions have been raised about the financial interests of the new Postmaster General and his wife, who have between $30.1 million and $75.3 million in assets of competitors or contractors of the Postal Service. The Postmaster General has also donated millions of dollars to President Trump’s campaign.
Click here to read the text of the Delivering for America Act.