Maloney Responds to Baseless GOP Claims of Democratic “Conspiracy Theory”
Washington, D.C. (Aug. 20, 2020)—Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, sent a letter responding to objections from Ranking Member James Comer and House Republican leadership to the House voting this Saturday on her bill, the Delivering for America Act.
In conjunction with today’s letter, Chairwoman Maloney released new documents showing widespread concerns—even among Republicans—about the President’s recent statements, widespread mail delays, and the need for urgent funding for the Postal Service.
“Your letter makes two baseless arguments: that ‘Democrats have manufactured a crisis to undermine President Trump at the expense of America’s institutions’ and that providing the requested funding for the Postal Service is ‘an unnecessary bailout plan,’” Chairwoman Maloney wrote. “Contrary to your claims, your own fellow Republicans across the country—at the local, state, and federal level—have expressed serious concerns.”
Chairwoman Maloney released two key documents with her letter today:
- First, she released a list of letters and statements from Republicans across the country raising concerns with President Trump’s explicit admission last week that he has been blocking $25 billion requested by the Postal Service in order to hobble mail-in voting, as well as the Postmaster General’s sweeping changes that are slowing down the mail in the midst of this pandemic, just months before the election, and causing medications to be delayed for veterans who sacrificed for our country.
- Second, she referred to a letter from 26 House Republicans calling on Minority Leader McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to support a “‘public service’ appropriation of at least $25 billion to the Postal Service to alleviate some of the strain caused by the pandemic.” Although they sent their letter more than three months ago—on May 5, 2020—President Trump and Leader McConnell have refused to support it.
The Delivering for America Act, supported by more than 200 Members, provides $25 billion supported by the Board of Governors appointed by President Trump to help the Postal Service operate effectively through the coronavirus crisis, and it returns delivery standards to levels prior to the Postmaster General’s recent damaging changes.
“Supporting $25 billion is the most responsible and effective course to help the Postal Service navigate through the coronavirus crisis without having to make drastic cuts during this critical time,” Maloney wrote. “The bill we are voting on this Saturday gives the Postal Service the funding it requested—which was supported on a bipartisan basis—and returns delivery standards to their previous levels. Every Member of Congress should support it.”
In response to GOP claims that the Postal Service does not need any funding at all because it has managed to stave off the worst-case forecasts of the crisis and may be able to scrape by until next summer before completely running out of money and ceasing operations, Chairwoman Maloney cited a letter sent just last week from the Postal Service warning that “we face an impending liquidity crisis” and concluding: “We are currently unable to balance our costs with available funding sources to fulfill both our universal service mission and other legal obligations.”
“The American people do not want the Postal Service to be politicized,” she added. “Americans started voting by mail during the Civil War, they voted by mail during the Spanish flu, and they should enjoy access to absentee ballots like the President submitted in Florida just this week. The American people want their mail, their medicines, and their mail-in ballots delivered in a timely manner. I urge you to listen to your constituents and your colleagues, and I hope you will support our legislation.”
Click here to read today’s letter from Chairwoman Maloney.
Click here to read the list of Republican statements and letters expressing concern.
Click here to read the letter from 26 House Republicans seeking $25 billion for the Postal Service.