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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Rep. Lawrence Statement after Postmaster General DeJoy Announces the Temporary Suspension of Operational Changes at USPS

August 19, 2020
Press Release

Southfield, MI- Today, U.S. Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) issued the following statement after Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced that the United States Postal Service (USPS) will be suspending operational changes until after the general election in November. Prior to serving in Congress, Rep. Lawrence held various roles—beginning as a letter carrier and working her way up to management—during a 30-year career with the United States Postal Service.

“Recently, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy implemented several radical and inexcusable policy changes that severely limited the Postal Service workforce’s ability to promptly deliver mail and resulted in significant delays and delivery issues for millions of Americans across the country,” stated Rep. Lawrence. “Shortly after these policy changes were announced, I asked Mr. DeJoy to provide information justifying his decisions. After receiving an unsatisfactory response, I subsequently requested that the USPS Inspector General conduct a review to look into these concerns—a review that is currently ongoing. Today, following enormous public outcry from employees, union leaders, and concerned citizens, as well as continued pressure from Congress, Postmaster General DeJoy evidently recognized that his reckless changes did nothing more than prevent Americans from receiving essential medical supplies and Social Security benefits, and undermine our elections by hampering the ability to promptly deliver ballots.”

“The suspension of these operational changes is a small victory for the hundreds of thousands of Postal Service employees who continue to work tirelessly to fulfill their mission to deliver mail to Americans across the country, even as the Postmaster General and President Trump do everything they can to weaken USPS,” Rep. Lawrence continued. “It is also a small victory for the millions of Americans who rely on USPS every single day to deliver their mail. But this fight is far from over. Reversing course today does not absolve him from the congressional oversight my colleagues on the Committee on Oversight and Reform and I will conduct next Monday. In just two months, Postmaster General DeJoy demonstrated the enormous dangers this administration poses to both the Postal Service and our democracy, and we need further assurances that today’s announcement will mean not just the suspension of these damaging operational delays, but a promise that they will never be implemented again. A Republican mega-donor with zero experience working with the Postal Service should not be in a position to enact measures that delay the delivery of mail across the country, especially during a pandemic. The Postal Service needs real leadership at the helm, and Mr. DeJoy is not the right person for the job.”