News from Representative Larson

Dear Friend,

The Trump Administration is attacking the United States Postal Service (USPS).

These actions are a blatant attempt to suppress the American people’s right to vote during an election where they are relying on absentee ballots to vote safely. As a result of both the Administration’s blocking funding for the USPS and Postmaster DeJoy’s actions, millions of Americans have experienced delayed deliveries of critical items, including prescription drugs, absentee ballots, bills, and more. No one should have to choose between voting and their health.

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This week Rep. Larson was joined by local advocates and Postal workers. 

I want to thank all the Americans and thousands of constituents who have contacted me with an outpouring of support for the USPS. The Administration would not have announced a limited pause on their changes to the USPS without all of your voices. However, a pause is not enough, and I am troubled by recent reports calling into question the Postmaster General’s intentions to follow through on his announcement. The USPS is also in dire need of funding as a result of COVID-19. As my grandfather used to say, “Trust everyone, but cut the cards."

Tomorrow the House will be voting on the Delivering for America Act (H.R. 8015), to protect the USPS. This bill would:

  • Prohibit the USPS from implementing changes to operations or level of service standards that it had on January 1, 2020 until the COVID-19 pandemic is over;
  • Prohibit changes in the nature of the postal service that could affect service, including changes that would allow the delaying and non-delivery of mail;
  • Prohibit closures, consolidation, or reduction in service hours of postal offices;
  • Prohibit the ban on overtime for postal employees;
  • Prohibit the removal, decommissioning, or other termination of mail sorting machines and mailboxes;
  • Require the Postal Service to treat all official election mail as First-Class mail; and
  • Provide $25 billion in emergency funding that was included in the House passed Heroes Act (H.R. 6800) to ensure the USPS is able to carry out its constitutional and critical obligations for the duration of the pandemic.

While the USPS currently faces many challenges, you may rest assured that I will continue to stand up for this vital American institution. 

Regards,
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John B. Larson
Member of Congress

 

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