Support Surges for “Delivering for America Act” As Postmaster General Backpedals
Washington, D.C. (Aug. 19, 2020)—Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, announced that more than 200 Members of the House of Representatives have now signed on as co-sponsors of H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act, which the House will consider on Saturday:
“I’m so encouraged by the surge in support for this critical legislation. We have all seen the widespread reports of delays across the country as a result of the sweeping changes impacting rural and urban communities, as well as seniors, veterans, and families. Although the Postmaster General belatedly suspended at least some of these changes yesterday, today he is backpedaling by refusing to put back the sorting machines, mailboxes, and other infrastructure he ordered removed. Our legislation is more critical than ever, and all Members of the House should support this bill to ensure that the American people have their mail, their medicines, and their mail-in ballots delivered in a timely manner.”
The Delivering for America Act would make clear that the Postal Service may not implement or approve any changes to the operations or service levels in effect on January 1, 2020, that would impede prompt, reliable, and efficient service. The prohibition would remain in effect for the duration of the coronavirus crisis or through January 31, 2021.
A revised version of the bill released today would add $25 billion in emergency coronavirus funding for the Postal Service supported by the bipartisan Board of Governors and require all election mail to be treated as First-Class mail.
Click here to read a Fact Sheet on the bill.