Dear Colleague on Fighting For The People in COVID Relief Negotiations and Saving the U.S. Postal Service

August 20, 2020
Press Release

Dear Democratic Colleague,

Thank you for the strong participation of the House Democratic Caucus in the Day of Action to Save the Post Office this Tuesday.  More than 100 Members participated in events, and the action of our Caucus representing the concerns of the American people has made a tremendous difference.

Yesterday, I spoke to the Postmaster General directly.  As I said in the statement I released, I told him that his proposed pause is wholly insufficient and does not reverse damage already wreaked.  The Postmaster General also admitted that he had no intention of replacing the sorting machines, blue mailboxes and other key mail infrastructure that have been removed and that plans to ensure sufficient overtime, which is critical for the timely delivery of mail, are not in the works.

Therefore, in the name of our democracy and the veterans, seniors, families and small businesses who depend on the Post Office, we will pass the Delivering for America Act.  I thank all of the Members who will be voting to defend the Postal Service.  While I hope we have Republican support, I was sad to receive a letter from the Republican Leadership denying that there is a crisis.

As we review suggestions for our agenda, I continue to appreciate the thoughtfulness and commitment of our Members to America’s working families.  The ideas Members have put forth have been excellent and I have shared them with the Chairs of the committees of jurisdiction to be part of our legislative agenda.

However, we must consider their timing and strategic value.  They cannot come at the expense of addressing the priorities of the Heroes Act — particularly support for our heroes in state and local government and education, who are in crisis. 

In the 97 days since we passed the Heroes Act, 4.1 million more Americans have become infected and 86,000 more have died.  Today, nearly 28 million Americans are unemployed. Sadly, Republicans do not share our sense of urgency. 

The American people are desperately counting on us to meet their needs.  Lives, livelihoods and the life of our democracy are threatened by Republicans’ opposition or inaction.

Thank you for your leadership For The People.

best regards,