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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Rep. Lawrence’s USPS Amendments Included in Final Passage of HR 1—For the People Act

March 3, 2021
Press Release
Historic bill includes voting rights, anti-corruption, and ethics reforms

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) voted in favor of passing H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a sweeping good governance package to protect and expand voting rights, clean up Washington, restore integrity to our government, and put the needs and priorities of the American people ahead of special interests. The bill includes two amendments introduced by Rep. Lawrence, including appointing Election Mail Coordinators and prohibiting any new operational changes that would delay the prompt delivery of voting materials within 120 days of an election. Rep. Lawrence is a 30-year veteran of the Postal Service.

“It’s time we return power back to the American people. H.R. 1 delivers on our promise to protect the right to vote, clean up corruption in Washington, and reforms our democracy to make sure it works for the people, not special interests,” said Rep. Lawrence. “I’m proud to have voted for this historic legislation which also includes my amendments to support the Postal Service during the election season. As voting by mail is made accessible to more Americans, my amendments would ensure the USPS is well-positioned to facilitate the prompt delivery of election mail. We cannot allow the Postal Service to be weaponized in a partisan manner.”

Key provisions of H.R. 1 include:

  • Expanding automatic voter registration and same-day registration
  • Strengthening vote by mail, early voting, and ballot access
  • Combating voter intimidation and voter suppression
  • Protecting elections from foreign interference
  • Fixing partisan gerrymandering
  • Promoting digital ad transparency
  • Forcing disclosure of dark money
  • Reining in lobbyist influence
  • Enforcing ethics and conflict of interest rules for all government officials
  • More info on H.R. 1 here

The two USPS-related amendments offered by Rep. Lawrence that were included in the bill would:

  • Require the United States Postal Service to appoint Election Mail Coordinators in every Postal district and area to assist election officials with the facilitation of voting materials.
  • Prohibit the Postal Service from enacting any new operational change that would delay the prompt delivery of voting materials, specifically focusing on the removal of mail collection boxes and mail processing machines. The amendment would allow for routine maintenance, as well as the removal of the equipment if there is an immediate replacement. 

H.R. 1 also includes two amendments offered by the House Democratic Women’s Caucus which Rep. Lawrence co-chairs with two other House members:

  • To exempt cybersecurity assistance, including assistance in responding to threats or harassment online, from limits on coordinated political party expenditures.
  • Requires states to establish privacy programs to keep personally identifiable information in voter files, such as addresses, confidential to protect survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual assault, and trafficking, and that for automatic voter registration, individuals must receive an explanation of what information is needed to access voter information online, how that information is shared or sold, and what privacy programs are available to survivors.