Scott Statement on House Vote to Protect USPS

August 22, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act:

“Families, veterans, seniors, small businesses, and nonprofits across the country rely on the United States Postal Service (USPS) to receive medication, essential goods, learning materials, and more. However, the Trump Administration has implemented operational changes that have caused egregious mail delays all over the nation. These delays are unacceptable, especially during a global pandemic when constituents are relying on timely mail delivery for much-needed items, including prescription drugs, tax refunds, economic impact payments and absentee ballots.

“By President Trump’s own admission, this is a blatant effort by the Administration to try to make it harder for people to vote by mail. The President is trying to dismantle a critical part of everyday American life because he thinks it may help his electoral prospects. That is why I was proud to vote for the Delivering for America Act, which will prevent any additional meddling with USPS. This legislation would maintain service standards at USPS as well as the integrity of our elections.”

The Delivering for America Act would prohibit: 

  • Any change that would negatively affect service on a nationwide or substantially nationwide basis; 
  • Any revision of existing service standards;
  • Closing, consolidating or reducing the hours of any post office or postal facility; 
  • Any prohibition on paying overtime to Postal Service officers or employees; 
  • Any change that would prevent the Postal Service from meeting its service standards or cause a decline in measurements of performance relative to those standards; and
  • Any change that would have the effect of delaying mail or increasing the volume of undelivered mail.

This legislation will also:

  • Include $25 billion requested by the Postal Service and supported unanimously and on a bipartisan basis by the Trump-appointed Postal Board of Governors;
  • Require the Postal Service to treat all official election mail as First-Class mail; 
  • Prohibit the removal, decommissioning or other stoppage of mail sorting machines, other than for routine maintenance; 
  • Prohibit the removal of mailboxes; and
  • Explicitly reverse any changes already implemented to the operations or policies of the Postal Service that delay mail delivery and restore delivery standards to the levels in effect on January 1, 2020.

 

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