At Pasadena Post Office, Rep. Chu Vows to Defend USPS From Sabotage
WASHINGTON — Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) held a press conference outside the Pasadena Post Office to condemn the White House’s attempts to hobble post office services before the election, including cutting worker hours, shutting down sorting machines, and removing post boxes. At the press conference, Rep. Chu also stated that the Administration’s announcement that they would suspend further changes to the post office was insufficient, announcing that on Saturday, the House will vote on H.R. 8015, the Delivering For America Act, legislation that would restore post office services to where they were at the start of the year and prevent future cuts. Rep. Chu issued the following statement:
“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. 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.
“Fortunately, we raised the alarm and the American people spoke out loudly in opposition to this clear assault on our election, forcing the Administration to suspend their plans. But suspending is not enough. So much harm has already been caused to the Post Office that we must also restore the USPS back to full functioning and prevent these harmful changes from going into place even after the election. That is what we will do this Saturday when the House votes on H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act. I’m proud to be a cosponsor of this legislation to protect our Post Offices from this assault and ensure they can continue to reliably deliver the mail to everyone, no matter where they live.”