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Meeks Hosts Rally Against Trump Administration’s Efforts to Sabotage USPS

August 18, 2020
Press Release

Queens – Today, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks was joined by Representatives Tom Suozzi and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to denounce this administration's attempts to sabotage the United States Postal Service (USPS), and announce Congressional action being taken by the House of Representatives this week in response. They were joined by New York State Assembly Member David Weprin and

Sweeping new operational changes under Postmaster General Louis DeJoy - a Trump donor - are being used to degrade service by the USPS and undermine absentee voting.

The House will return to session this week to vote on Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney’s bill “Delivering for America Act”, which would prohibit the Postal Service from implementing changes to its operations that it’s had since the beginning of this year. Additionally, the Postmaster General and Chairman of the USPS Board of Governors Robert Duncan are set to testify before the Committee on August 24th.

“In 2016 the greatest threat to our election was foreign; in 2020, the threat is now domestic as well, with a Trump administration working to disenfranchise voters by sabotaging absentee ballots during a pandemic. Though it is clear that Trump together with the Postmaster General are sabotaging post offices to undermine American’s right to vote, the damage isn’t limited to our elections. These efforts hurt anyone who relies on the USPS for their prescription deliveries, social security benefits, paychecks, or anything urgent. This attack on our constitutionally enshrined Postal Service hurts Republicans, Democrats, independents and non-voters alike, and Democrats will hold this administration accountable,“ said Rep. Gregory W. Meeks.

“Undermining and starving the USPS from much-needed funding will have collateral damage that will impact more than mail-in ballots. These cuts and slowdowns will have dire impacts on seniors and veterans who have always been able to depend on the postal service for the timely delivery of life-saving prescription medications, as well as consumers and small businesses who have had to adapt in many ways to the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic” said Suozzi. “The Speaker has called us back to D.C. this week to address this crisis which threatens the health and economic security of all Americans. We need an urgent call to arms to break through all the noise and focus on protecting not only the security of our elections, but the integrity and reliability of the United States Postal Service. Lives, livelihoods, and our democracy are at stake.”