Schakowsky Statement on Passage on Emergency Legislation to Address Delays in the U.S. Postal Service

August 22, 2020
Press Release
Congresswoman Calls on Senate to Act Immediately

EVANSTON, IL – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, voted in favor of H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act. The bill passed by a vote of 257-150. Schakowsky issued the following statement after the vote:

“Today, I was proud to vote YES on the Delivering for America Act. This bill requires the USPS to maintain the operations and protocols in place at the beginning of this year – Jan. 1, 2020. It will also provide a boost of $25B in funding for the U.S. Postal Service.

“Because of President Trump’s deliberate sabotage of the Postal Service for the sole purpose of benefiting his re-election campaign, House Democrats were forced to schedule this emergency vote to shore up the operations of the post office, and restore Americans’ faith in this Constitutionally-protected service. The COVID-19 crisis makes this rescue package even more urgent, as more and more Americans depend on it every day for delivery of prescriptions, paychecks, and other important items. I am grateful to the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, for her wise leadership on this matter, and commend Chairwoman Maloney for crafting this timely legislation and getting it passed by the House.

“I have heard from scores of constituents who have suffered from extreme delays as a result of Postmaster DeJoy’s changes to service standards. Shamefully, their calls to the Post Office went unanswered. This means no life-saving medicine, no paychecks, no veterans benefits, and no correspondences from loved ones. Clearly, President Trump and Postmaster DeJoy have no shame, and there is no bottom for their treachery.

“I am calling on Mitch McConnell to immediately bring up this legislation under unanimous consent, and swiftly send it to the President’s desk. Every day he fails in this respect, Americans suffer, and it becomes more and more clear to the American people their welfare is of secondary importance to him.”