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US Rep. Alma Adams votes 'yea' for emergency Postal Service funding
Bill would pump $25 billion into agency
Published Saturday, August 22, 2020 9:57 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

U.S. Rep. Alma Adams (left) voted for H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act, which pumps $25 billion to the U.S. Postal Service to maintain operations and services throughout the coronavirus pandemic and the Nov. 3 election. Adams, who represents Charlotte, was the first lawmaker to call for the removal of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

The House of Representatives has passed a bill to fully fund the U.S. Postal Service through the COVID-19 pandemic.

H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act, requires the Postal Service to return operations and levels of service that were in place on Jan. 1 throughout the coronavirus crisis and requires all election mail to be treated as first class. The bill, which passed 257-150 with 26 Republicans voted yes with Democrats, would pump $25 billion into the Postal Service, the amount recommended by the bipartisan USPS Board of Governors, which is made up of President Donald Trump’s appointees.

Passage of the Delivering for America Act comes after weeks of advocacy from Rep. Alma Adams (D-N.C.) to keep USPS fully funded and remove Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a Trump appointee.

“The Postal Service is essential to the fabric of our communities, providing North Carolina families and all Americans with critical services, including the delivery of life-saving prescriptions, Social Security benefits, paychecks, tax returns and ballots,” Adams said Saturday in a statement. “Yet, the Trump administration and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy have waged an outrageous campaign to degrade postal operations and delay mail delivery in the middle of a pandemic and just months before a presidential election, threatening to sabotage the election and disenfranchise countless voters.”

The vote came at the same time internal Postal Service documents warned DeJoy about slowing delivery nationwide after USPS removed sorting machines and postal boxes across the country, including Charlotte, Fayetteville and Greensboro.

The legislation would prohibit:

• Any change that would generally 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;

• Changes that would prevent USPS from meeting its service standards or cause a decline in measurements of performance relative to those standards; and

• Any change that would delay mail delivery or increase the volume of undelivered mail.

Congressional Republicans and Trump contend there have been no delays with the mail while suggesting mail-in voting – which Trump has used in the past – is open to manipulation election results. 

The bill’s all but condemned to failure in the Republican-controlled Senate, where Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called it a “partisan stunt” by Democrats to score political points during an economic downturn.

“Senate Republicans are committed to making sure the Postal Service remains well equipped to fulfill its important duties,” he said in a statement. “But the President has already made it clear he will not sign the Speaker’s [Nancy Pelosi] partisan stunt into law. And the Senate will absolutely not pass stand-alone legislation for the Postal Service while American families continue to go without more relief.”


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