Pelosi, Maloney Joined by 192 House Democrats in Calling on Postmaster General to Reverse Assault on Postal Service

August 12, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – In a new letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney and 192 other House Democrats today called for the reversal of policies that have worsened the crisis facing the Postal Service and exacerbated a dramatic increase in delayed and undelivered mail. 

In the letter, the Members wrote, “[T]he United States Postal Service is a pillar of our American Democracy that is enshrined in the Constitution, which empowers Congress to ‘establish Post Offices and Post Roads.’  The Postal Service provides critical services for the American people: delivering medicine to seniors, paychecks to workers, tax refunds to millions and absentee ballots to voters.  

“It is always essential that the Postal Service be able to deliver mail in a timely and effective manner.  During the once-in-a-century health and economic crisis of COVID-19, the Postal Service’s smooth functioning is a matter of life-or-death, and is critical for protecting lives, livelihoods and the life of our American Democracy.”

Below is the text of the letter to the Postmaster General.

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August 12, 2020

Louis DeJoy
Postmaster General
U.S. Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza West, S.W.

Washington, DC 20260

Dear Postmaster General:

We write to follow up on the letter that was sent on August 6 to you regarding many serious concerns about operational changes that you have implemented since assuming the position of Postmaster General, which have worsened the crisis facing the Postal Service, and specifically have exacerbated a dramatic increase in delayed and undelivered mail impacting mail delivery times and quality of service for Americans.  We wrote last week, and sadly, the letter sent today to the Oversight Committee is insufficient. 

As you know, the United States Postal Service is a pillar of our American Democracy that is enshrined in the Constitution, which empowers Congress to “establish Post Offices and Post Roads.”  The Postal Service provides critical services for the American people: delivering medicine to seniors, paychecks to workers, tax refunds to millions and absentee ballots to voters.  

It is always essential that the Postal Service be able to deliver mail in a timely and effective manner.  During the once-in-a-century health and economic crisis of COVID-19, the Postal Service’s smooth functioning is a matter of life-or-death, and is critical for protecting lives, livelihoods and the life of our American Democracy.

The House is seriously concerned that you are implementing policies that accelerate the crisis at the Postal Service, including directing Post Offices to no longer treat all election mail as First Class.  If implemented now, as the election approaches, this policy will cause further delays to election mail that will disenfranchise voters and put significant financial pressure on election jurisdictions.  Because many states have traditionally allowed voters to request absentee ballot applications and absentee ballots within a few days of the election, it is essential that standard delivery times remain short and pricing remain consistent.

We also remain concerned about a significant operational restructuring, done without any apparent analysis and consultation, which will weaken the ability of the Postal Service to respond to local needs.  These changes were made without sufficient consultation with Congress, and include reductions of overtime availability, restrictions on extra mail transportation trips, testing of new mail sorting and delivery policies at hundreds of Post Offices, and the reduction of the number and use of processing equipment at mail processing plants. These changes compound the operational and service delays that you have instituted.

During our meeting with Leader Schumer on August 5, you committed to greater transparency and accountability with the Congress and the American people regarding the changes that you have made, which directly reach into the lives of the American people.  We remind you of your pledge to provide documentation of the operational changes that you have and are currently making, and of the Postal Service’s plan to successfully deliver election mail during the 2020 elections. 

The Postal Service motto states, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”  Let us keep the promise provided for in the Constitution to the American people.

We await your swift reply.

Sincerely,

1. Nancy Pelosi
 
2. Carolyn B. Maloney
 
3. Steny H. Hoyer
 
4. James E. Clyburn
 
5. Ben Ray Luján
 
6. Hakeem Jeffries
 
7. Katherine Clark
 
8. Cheri Bustos
 
9. Donald Norcross
 
10. David N. Cicilline
 
11. Debbie Dingell
 
12. Matt Cartwright
 
13. Barbara Lee
 
14. Eric Swalwell
 
15. Jamie Raskin
 
16. Veronica Escobar
 
17. Joe Neguse
 
18. Eddie Bernice Johnson
 
19. Peter A. DeFazio
 
20. Theodore E. Deutch
 
21. Eliot L. Engel
 
22. Raúl M. Grijalva
 
23. Zoe Lofgren
 
24. Nita Lowey
 
25. James P. McGovern
 
26. Jerrold Nadler
 
27. Richard E. Neal
 
28. Frank Pallone, Jr.
 
29. Adam Schiff
 
30. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott
 
31. Adam Smith
 
32. Mark Takano
 
33. Bennie G. Thompson
 
34. Nydia M. Velázquez
 
35. Maxine Waters 
 
36. John Yarmuth
 
37. Alma S. Adams, Ph.D.
 
38. Pete Aguilar
 
39. Colin Allred
 
40. Cindy Axne
 
41. Nanette Diaz Barragán
 
42. Donald S. Beyer Jr.
 
43. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr.
 
44. Earl Blumenauer
 
45. Lisa Blunt Rochester
 
46. Suzanne Bonamici
 
47. Brendan F. Boyle
 
48. Anthony G. Brown
 
49. Julia Brownley
 
50. Salud O. Carbajal
 
51. Tony Cárdenas
 
52. André Carson
 
53. Ed Case
 
54. Sean Casten
 
55. Kathy Castor 
 
56. Joaquin Castro
 
57. Judy Chu
 
58. Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr.
 
59. Emanuel Cleaver, II
 
60. Steve Cohen 
 
61. Gerald E. Connolly
 
62. Jim Cooper
 
63. Jim Costa
 
64. Joe Courtney
 
65. TJ Cox
 
66. Angie Craig
 
67. Charlie Crist
 
68. Jason Crow
 
69. Sharice Davids
 
70. Danny K. Davis
 
71. Susan Davis
 
72. Madeleine Dean
 
73. Diana DeGette
 
74. Suzan DelBene
 
75. Val Demings
 
76. Mark DeSaulnier
 
77. Lloyd Doggett
 
78. Mike Doyle
 
79. Anna G. Eshoo
 
80. Dwight Evans
 
81. Abby Finkenauer
 
82. Lizzie Fletcher
 
83. Bill Foster
 
84. Lois Frankel 
 
85. Marcia L. Fudge
 
86. Ruben Gallego
 
87. John Garamendi
 
88. Sylvia Garcia
 
89. Jimmy Gomez
 
90. Josh Gottheimer 
 
91. Deb Haaland
 
92. Alcee L. Hastings
 
93. Jahana Hayes
 
94. Denny Heck
 
95. Brian Higgins
 
96. Jim Himes
 
97. Eleanor Holmes Norton
 
98. Steven Horsford
 
99. Chrissy Houlahan 
 
100. Jared Huffman
 
101. Sheila Jackson Lee
 
102. Pramila Jayapal
 
103. Marcy Kaptur
 
104. William R. Keating 
 
105. Robin L. Kelly
 
106. Joseph P. Kennedy, III
 
107. Ro Khanna 
 
108. Dan Kildee
 
109. Derek Kilmer
 
110. Andy Kim
 
111. Ron Kind 
 
112. Raja Krishnamoorthi
 
113. Ann McLane Kuster
 
114. Conor Lamb
 
115. James R. Langevin
 
116. Rick Larsen
 
117. John B. Larson
 
118. Brenda L. Lawrence
 
119. Mike Levin
 
120. Andy Levin
 
121. Ted Lieu
 
122. Daniel W. Lipinski
 
123. Dave Loebsack
 
124. Alan Lowenthal
 
125. Stephen F. Lynch
 
126. Tom Malinowski
 
127. Sean Patrick Maloney
 
128. Doris Matsui
 
129. Betty McCollum
 
130. A. Donald McEachin
 
131. Gregory Meeks 
 
132. Grace Meng 
 
133. Kweisi Mfume
 
134. Jerry McNerney
 
135. Gwen Moore
 
136. Joseph D. Morelle
 
137. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell
 
138. Grace F. Napolitano
 
139. Tom O’Halleran
 
140. Ilhan Omar
 
141. Jimmy Panetta
 
142. Chris Pappas
 
143. Bill Pascrell, Jr.
 
144. Donald M. Payne, Jr.
 
145. Ed Perlmutter
 
146. Dean Phillips
 
147. Chellie Pingree
 
148. Stacey E. Plaskett
 
149. Mark Pocan
 
150. Katie Porter 
 
151. Ayanna Pressley
 
152. David Price
 
153. Mike Quigley
 
154. Kathleen Rice
 
155. Cedric Richmond
 
156. Max Rose
 
157. Harley Rouda
 
158. Lucille Roybal-Allard 
 
159. Raul Ruiz 
 
160. Dutch Ruppersberger
 
161. Bobby L. Rush
 
162. Tim Ryan
 
163. Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan
 
164. Linda T. Sánchez
 
165. John P. Sarbanes
 
166. Mary Gay Scanlon
 
167. Jan Schakowsky
 
168. Brad Schneider
 
169. Kim Schrier 
 
170. David Scott
 
171. José Serrano
 
172. Donna E. Shalala
 
173. Brad Sherman
 
174. Mikie Sherrill
 
175. Albio Sires
 
176. Elissa Slotkin
 
177. Jackie Speier
 
178. Greg Stanton
 
179. Thomas R. Suozzi
 
180. Mike Thompson
 
181. Dina Titus
 
182. Rashida Tlaib
 
183. Paul D. Tonko
 
184. Norma J. Torres
 
185. Lori Trahan
 
186. David Trone
 
187. Marc Veasey
 
188. Filemon Vela
 
189. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
 
190. Bonnie Watson Coleman
 
191. Peter Welch
 
192. Jennifer Wexton
 
193. Susan Wild
 
194. Frederica S. Wilson