Rep. Joe Cunningham (SC-01) on Saturday voted to pass the Delivering for America Act, bipartisan legislation that ensures the viability of the United States Postal Service (USPS) and protects the crucial role the Postal Service plays in American society. The legislation comes in response to reports across the country of a dramatic increase in delayed and undelivered mail. Cunningham’s own office has received hundreds of emails and calls from concerned constituents regarding lost or delayed mail over the last few weeks.
Cunningham visited a local post office yesterday to tour their operations and remark on the importance of the USPS to Lowcountry veterans, seniors, and small businesses.
“Over the last few weeks, hundreds of concerned Lowcountry residents have reached out to express their fears and frustrations over ongoing attempts to sabotage the United States Postal Service,” said Rep. Joe Cunningham. “Lowcountry seniors and veterans rely on the USPS to deliver life-saving prescriptions and pay their bills, small businesses rely on the USPS to receive supplies and conduct commerce, and voters rely on the USPS to vote safely and securely. Slowing these critical services would have a disastrous impact on the lives of millions of Americans. The bipartisan legislation we voted to pass today provides critical funding to ensure the ongoing viability of the USPS and reverses the destructive changes creating unreliable mail services.”
Among other provisions, the Delivering for America Act;
- Provides $25 billion in critical funding to support the Postal Service, the same level of funding recommended by the USPS Board of Governors, which is composed of 100 percent President Trump appointees;
- Requires the Postal Service to treat all election mail as first-class mail;
- And prohibits the Postal Service from implementing any changes to operations or level of service it had in place on January 1, 2020 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.