Pasadena Lawmakers Vote to Preserve Postal Service and Right to Vote
Democratic U.S Reps. Adam Schiff and Judy Chu added their votes in support of House Resolution 8015, the Delivering for America Act, a bill aimed at saving the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), and the right to vote from changes to both by the Trump administration.
The legislation, which passed by a 257-150 House vote, prohibits the Postal Service from implementing or approving any changes to the operations or service levels in effect on Jan. 1 that would impede prompt, reliable, and efficient service.
The prohibition remains in effect during the duration of the coronavirus public health emergency, or January 2021, whichever is later and requires the postal service to treat all election mail as first-class mail.
The bill would provide $25 billion in emergency appropriations for the Postal Service, the level of funding recommended by the USPS board of governors.
“The president has made clear in multiple interviews, tweets, and statements that he intentionally set out to sabotage the Post Office in order to undermine the ability of Americans to vote from home,” said Chu, who represents Pasadena. “This is not only a threat to our democracy, but also to people’s health as voting from home is necessary to help contain the spread of the coronavirus this year. It’s not only the election that’s at risk. People depend on the mail for checks and medicines. And small businesses – which are relying on mail more than ever thanks to this pandemic – would be devastated by this arbitrary slowdown in services.”
Chu and Schiff, whose district includes portions of Pasadena, both held separate events at post offices last week to declare their intentions to defend the postal service.