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Larson: DeJoy’s Announcement is Welcome News, But More Must be Done to Save USPS

August 18, 2020
Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after the Post Master General Louis DeJoy is suspending changes to the Postal Service until after the November election:

“I want to thank the outpouring support from all Americans, including the citizens, postal workers, senior citizen advocates, veterans, and the thousands of constituents who spoke out in opposition to the Trump Administration’s plan and asked Congress to save the United States Postal Service (USPS). This change of heart by the Administration would not have occurred without this vocal protest. While Postmaster DeJoy’s operational changes will be postponed until after the election, this delay would only a limited number of the Postmaster’s changes.  The USPS is also in dire need of funding and these looming changes are concerning. As my grandfather used to say, ‘Trust everyone, but cut the cards.’”

“That’s why this week the House will be voting on the Delivering for America Act to prevent these changes to the Postal Service that have resulted in processing delays, impacting millions of Americans who depend on the USPS during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Included in the bill is emergency funding to provide $25 billion in relief for the agency that was included in the Heroes Act to assure the public that the US Postal Service is adequately staffed and protected from outside influence. During this pandemic, Americans should have peace of mind knowing the U.S. Postal Service will be able to carry out its mission.  No one should have to be worried about choosing between their health and their vote! If Republicans in the Senate are serious about wanting to save the Postal Service, they’ll pass these bills,” said Larson.

Earlier today, Larson held a press conference highlighting the actions the House is taking to protect the USPS. He was joined by East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc, Maggie Gardner (Founder/CEO, Gardner’s House, Inc), Michael Willardson (President, National Association of Letter Carriers, Merged Branch 86) and other local elected officials, veterans and health care advocates, and Postal workers.