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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Rep. Lawrence, House, Pass Critical Legislation to Preserve the Independence of the Postal Service

August 22, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C.- Today, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act — legislation that would prohibit the United States Postal Service from making any operational changes during the COVID-19 pandemic while also providing $25 billion in critical funding to support the Postal Service.


“Almost immediately after taking office, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy issued policy changes that severely restricted the Postal Service’s ability to promptly deliver mail to the American people,” stated Rep. Lawrence. “In just two months, Postmaster General DeJoy, a businessman without any relevant experience, has overseen nationwide mail delays and the stoppage of delivery altogether in an effort to ‘cut costs.’ Evidently, he does not understand that the prompt delivery of essential medical supplies, Social Security checks, and other parcels is not only critical to the lives of millions of Americans, but also to the Postal Service workforce’s ability to uphold its mission. Today, Congress passed the Delivering for America Act to reaffirm the Postal Service’s status as an essential government service focused exclusively on promptly delivering mail for Americans.”


“I remain deeply skeptical of Postmaster General DeJoy’s motivations as millions of Americans prepare to vote by mail during the November election, particularly as President Trump continues to peddle conspiracies and misinformation about the Postal Service’s ability to facilitate the delivery of ballots as it has for decades,” continued Rep. Lawrence. “For that reason, I included language in this legislation that would prohibit the Postal Service from enacting any policy that would delay mail being delivered to or from a government entity — language that will ensure Americans’ ballots are delivered in a timely manner.”


“Just last week, we celebrated the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which finally granted women the right to vote. Today, we are dealing with a concerted effort to disenfranchise millions of Americans because President Trump falsely claims the Postal Service does not have the ability to do its job. Postal Service employees are some of the most dedicated public servants in our government workforce, and I have no doubt that, even as this administration seeks to undermine them, they will promptly deliver mail as they have for centuries.”