Kaptur Joins Speaker Pelosi, 173 House Democrats in Calling on Postmaster General to Reverse Assault on Postal Service

August 13, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and 173 other House Democrats in sending a new letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, calling for the reversal of policies that have worsened the crisis facing the Postal Service and exacerbated a dramatic increase in delayed and undelivered mail.

 

“The worsening crisis at the United States Postal Service represents a coordinated effort by President Donald Trump and his recently appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to undermine the Postal Service ahead of the November election, an election which will heavily depend on USPS as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis,” said Rep. Kaptur. “Northern Ohio has been hit especially hard. Our office has heard from hundreds of constituents who are struggling to get the life sustaining medication they need, pay their bills on time, conduct their small businesses, and so much more. This undemocratic and illegal attempt to rig the election in Donald Trump’s favor is causing unconscionable collateral damage. The Postmaster General must immediately reverse the assault of the Postal Service and the American people. The American people must continue to be vigilant in defending the integrity of our elections and Postal Service.”

 

In the letter, the Members wrote, “[T]he United States Postal Service is a pillar of our American Democracy that is enshrined in the Constitution, which empowers Congress to ‘establish Post Offices and Post Roads.’  The Postal Service provides critical services for the American people: delivering medicine to seniors, paychecks to workers, tax refunds to millions and absentee ballots to voters.  

“It is always essential that the Postal Service be able to deliver mail in a timely and effective manner. During the once-in-a-century health and economic crisis of COVID-19, the Postal Service’s smooth functioning is a matter of life-or-death, and is critical for protecting lives, livelihoods and the life of our American Democracy.”

Below is the text of the letter to the Postmaster General.

  

August 12, 2020

 

Louis DeJoy
Postmaster General
U.S. Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza West, S.W.

Washington, DC 20260

Dear Postmaster General:

We write to follow up on the letter that was sent on August 6 to you regarding many serious concerns about operational changes that you have implemented since assuming the position of Postmaster General, which have worsened the crisis facing the Postal Service, and specifically have exacerbated a dramatic increase in delayed and undelivered mail impacting mail delivery times and quality of service for Americans.  We wrote last week, and sadly, the letter sent today to the Oversight Committee is insufficient. 

As you know, the United States Postal Service is a pillar of our American Democracy that is enshrined in the Constitution, which empowers Congress to “establish Post Offices and Post Roads.”  The Postal Service provides critical services for the American people: delivering medicine to seniors, paychecks to workers, tax refunds to millions and absentee ballots to voters.  

It is always essential that the Postal Service be able to deliver mail in a timely and effective manner.  During the once-in-a-century health and economic crisis of COVID-19, the Postal Service’s smooth functioning is a matter of life-or-death, and is critical for protecting lives, livelihoods and the life of our American Democracy.

The House is seriously concerned that you are implementing policies that accelerate the crisis at the Postal Service, including directing Post Offices to no longer treat all election mail as First Class.  If implemented now, as the election approaches, this policy will cause further delays to election mail that will disenfranchise voters and put significant financial pressure on election jurisdictions.  Because many states have traditionally allowed voters to request absentee ballot applications and absentee ballots within a few days of the election, it is essential that standard delivery times remain short and pricing remain consistent.

We also remain concerned about a significant operational restructuring, done without any apparent analysis and consultation, which will weaken the ability of the Postal Service to respond to local needs.  These changes were made without sufficient consultation with Congress, and include reductions of overtime availability, restrictions on extra mail transportation trips, testing of new mail sorting and delivery policies at hundreds of Post Offices, and the reduction of the number and use of processing equipment at mail processing plants. These changes compound the operational and service delays that you have instituted.

During our meeting with Leader Schumer on August 5, you committed to greater transparency and accountability with the Congress and the American people regarding the changes that you have made, which directly reach into the lives of the American people.  We remind you of your pledge to provide documentation of the operational changes that you have and are currently making, and of the Postal Service’s plan to successfully deliver election mail during the 2020 elections. 

The Postal Service motto states, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”  Let us keep the promise provided for in the Constitution to the American people.

We await your swift reply.

 

Sincerely,

 

1.         Nancy Pelosi

2.         Marcy Kaptur

3.         Steny H. Hoyer

4.         James E. Clyburn

5.         Ben Ray Luján

6.         Hakeem Jeffries

7.         Katherine Clark

8.         Cheri Bustos

9.         Donald Norcross

10.       David N. Cicilline

11.       Debbie Dingell

12.       Matt Cartwright

13.       Barbara Lee

14.       Eric Swalwell

15.       Jamie Raskin

16.       Veronica Escobar

17.       Joe Neguse

18.       Eddie Bernice Johnson

19.       Peter A. DeFazio

20.       Theodore E. Deutch

21.       Eliot L. Engel

22.       Raúl M. Grijalva

23.       Zoe Lofgren

24.       Nita Lowey

25.       James P. McGovern

26.       Jerrold Nadler

27.       Richard E. Neal

28.       Frank Pallone, Jr.

29.       Adam Schiff

30.       Robert C. “Bobby” Scott

31.       Adam Smith

32.       Mark Takano

33.       Bennie G. Thompson

34.       Nydia M. Velázquez

35.       John Yarmuth

36.       Alma S. Adams, Ph.D.

37.       Pete Aguilar

38.       Colin Allred

39.       Cindy Axne

40.       Nanette Diaz Barragán

41.       Donald S. Beyer Jr.

42.       Sanford D. Bishop, Jr.

43.       Earl Blumenauer

44.       Lisa Blunt Rochester

45.       Suzanne Bonamici

46.       Brendan F. Boyle

47.       Anthony G. Brown

48.       Julia Brownley

49.       Salud O. Carbajal

50.       Tony Cárdenas

51.       André Carson

52.       Ed Case

53.       Sean Casten

54.       Joaquin Castro

55.       Judy Chu

56.       Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr.

57.       Emanuel Cleaver, II

58.       Gerald E. Connolly

59.       Jim Costa

60.       Joe Courtney

61.       TJ Cox

62.       Angie Craig

63.       Charlie Crist

64.       Jason Crow

65.       Danny K. Davis

66.       Susan Davis

67.       Madeleine Dean

68.       Diana DeGette

69.       Suzan Delbene

70.       Val Demings

71.       Mark DeSaulnier

72.       Lloyd Doggett

73.       Mike Doyle

74.       Anna G. Eshoo

75.       Dwight Evans

76.       Abby Finkenauer

77.       Lizzie Fletcher

78.       Bill Foster

79.       Marcia L. Fudge

80.       Ruben Gallego

81.       John Garamendi

82.       Sylvia Garcia

83.       Jimmy Gomez

84.       Deb Haaland

85.       Alcee L. Hastings

86.       Jahana Hayes

87.       Denny Heck

88.       Brian Higgins

89.       Jim Himes

90.       Eleanor Holmes Norton

91.       Steven Horsford

92.       Jared Huffman

93.       Sheila Jackson Lee

94.       Pramila Jayapal

95.       Carolyn Maloney

96.       Robin L. Kelly

97.       Joseph P. Kennedy, III

98.       Dan Kildee

99.       Derek Kilmer

100.     Andy Kim

101.     Raja Krishnamoorthi

102.     Ann McLane Kuster

103.     Conor Lamb

104.     James R. Langevin

105.     Rick Larsen

106.     John B. Larson

107.     Brenda L. Lawrence

108.     Mike Levin

109.     Andy Levin

110.     Daniel W. Lipinski

111.     Dave Loebsack

112.     Alan Lowenthal

113.     Stephen F. Lynch

114.     Tom Malinowski

115.     Sean Patrick Maloney

116.     Doris Matsui

117.     Betty McCollum

118.     A. Donald McEachin

119.     Jerry McNerney

120.     Kweisi Mfume

121.     Gwen Moore

122.     Joseph D. Morelle

123.     Debbie Mucarsel-Powell

124.     Grace F. Napolitano

125.     Tom O’Halleran

126.     Ilhan Omar

127.     Jimmy Panetta

128.     Chris Pappas

129.     Bill Pascrell, Jr.

130.     Donald M. Payne, Jr.

131.     Ed Perlmutter

132.     Chellie Pingree

133.     Stacey E. Plaskett

134.     Mark Pocan

135.     Ayanna Pressley

136.     David Price

137.     Mike Quigley

138.     Kathleen Rice

139.     Cedric Richmond

140.     Max Rose

141.     Harley Rouda

142.     Dutch Ruppersberger

143.     Bobby L. Rush

144.     Tim Ryan

145.     Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan

146.     Linda T. Sánchez

147.     John P. Sarbanes

148.     Mary Gay Scanlon

149.     Jan Schakowsky

150.     Brad Schneider

151.     David Scott

152.     José Serrano

153.     Donna E. Shalala

154.     Brad Sherman

155.     Mikie Sherrill

156.     Albio Sires

157.     Elissa Slotkin

158.     Jackie Speier

159.     Greg Stanton

160.     Thomas R. Suozzi

161.     Mike Thompson

162.     Dina Titus

163.     Rashida Tlaib

164.     Paul D. Tonko

165.     Norma J. Torres

166.     Lori Trahan

167.     David Trone

168.     Marc Veasey

169.     Filemon Vela

170.     Debbie Wasserman Schultz

171.     Bonnie Watson Coleman

172.     Peter Welch

173.     Jennifer Wexton

174.     Susan Wild

175.     Frederica S. Wilson

 

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