Larson Votes to Protect the Post Office
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) voted for the Delivering for America Act (H.R. 8015) to protect the United States Postal Service (USPS).
“The Trump Administration’s actions are a blatant attack on our democracy and Americans’ right to vote. No one should have to choose between their health and voting. Their limited pause on moving forward with further changes is not enough, the damage has already been done. Americans across the country, including in the First District, have experienced delays in receiving their absentee ballots, prescriptions, and more. And, as my grandfather used to say: ‘Trust everyone but cut the cards.’ We cut the cards with today’s vote. The Delivering for America Act will prevent the Trump Administration from moving forward with their Postal Service sabotage by restoring service levels and preventing the closures of facilities and removal of equipment. It also invests $25 billion into the USPS – the exact amount requested by the bipartisan, Trump-appointed postal service Board of Governors,” said Larson.
The Delivering for America Act (H.R. 8015) 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.