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Houlahan Defends U.S. Post Office Amidst Attacks From President

Washington, August 14, 2020

CHESTER COUNTY, PA – Today, Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA) announced actions in response to the Administration’s efforts to cut U.S. Postal Service operations and threats to further defund this essential service.

Rep. Houlahan has cosponsored the Delivering for America Act, a bill that prohibits any cuts or changes to USPS services during the COVID-19 pandemic. With many businesses operating remotely and many people continuing to stay home except for necessities, the USPS is essential for commercial activity, access to medications, and much more.

Alongside Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Rep. Houlahan has written to urge the postmaster gaeneral to provide Congress with documentation of the Postal Service’s plan to successfully deliver election mail during the 2020 elections.

These moves are the latest in Houlahan’s initiatives to fend off attacks on the USPS from this Administration. Two months ago, Rep. Houlahan voted to appropriate $25 billion to save the United States Postal Service and end the Treasury Department's blockade of the $10 billion loan previously authorized for USPS in the CARES Act. Earlier this week, Houlahan wrote a letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer, arguing that “the Administration is blatantly, and with impunity, cutting off oxygen to the US Postal Service and the consequence, particularly during this global pandemic, is voter disenfranchisement.”

“The Postal Service is a lifeline for many during this COVID-19 pandemic,” said Houlahan. “The impact of the Administration’s attacks on USPS services goes well beyond the ability to vote safely from home this November. As a former small business leader, I know how important the USPS is for many of our small businesses’ operations. It is also critical for individuals who use the mail to have medications delivered, to pay bills, or to stay in touch with loved ones. My team and I have heard loud and clear from our community: this is not a partisan issue. The post office must be funded.”

Full text of the letter to the postmaster general can be found here. Full text of the Delivering for America Act can be found here.

 

Full text of Rep. Houlahan’s letter to the editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer can be found below:

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