Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on the Passage of Emergency Postal Service Legislation to Prohibit Any Changes in Operations and Service Until After the Election
Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) made the following statement in support of the Delivering for America Act (H.R. 8015), which passed the House of Representatives today with bipartisan support by a vote of 257-150. This emergency legislation prohibits any changes to the U.S. Postal Service operations and services through January of 2021 that would have the effect of delaying mail or increasing the volume of undelivered mail. This legislation also bars the closure, consolidation, or reduction of hours and limitations on overtime pay at any post office or postal facility.
This legislation also includes $25 billion requested by the Postal Service and supported unanimously, on a bipartisan basis, by the Postal Board of Governors—all of whom were appointed by President Trump.
“As our nation continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Postal Service has been a lifeline for so many. The Trump Administration’s attacks on the Postal Service over the last few weeks have resulted in mail delays across the country. This is impacting Americans across the board, whether you are in a red state or blue state, whether you live in a city, suburb, or rural America – postal service delays impact your life. I am proud to have helped pass this critical legislation to protect the postal service and the 600,000 Americans it employs,” said Congressman Tim Ryan.
The Delivering for America Act would prohibit:
- Any change that would generally affect service on a nationwide or substantially nationwide basis;
- Any revision of existing service standards;
- Closing, consolidating or reducing the hours of any post office or postal facility;
- Any prohibition on paying overtime to Postal Service officers or employees;
- Any change that would prevent the Postal Service from meeting its service standards or cause a decline in measurements of performance relative to those standards; and
- Any change that would have the effect of delaying mail or increasing the volume of undelivered mail.
This legislation will also:
- Include $25 billion requested by the Postal Service and supported unanimously and on a bipartisan basis by the Trump-appointed Postal Board of Governors;
- Require the Postal Service to treat all official election mail as First-Class mail;
- Prohibit the removal, decommissioning or other stoppage of mail sorting machines, other than for routine maintenance;
- Prohibit the removal of mailboxes; and
- Explicitly reverse any changes already implemented to the operations or policies of the Postal Service that delay mail delivery.
Postal Service Facts:
- The Postal Service is the only organization dedicated to providing regular, affordable, universal mail delivery service to every residential and business address in the United States and its territories.
- For 55 cents, anyone can send a letter anywhere in the country.
- It is often the only delivery option for rural America, where service is not profitable.
- It delivers 48% of the world’s mail with one of the world’s largest civilian vehicle fleets.
- The USPS is a vital service for the more than 18 million seniors who do not use the Internet.
In 2019, the Postal Service:
- Delivered 142.6 billion pieces of mail to 160 million addresses in America.
- Delivered 1.2 billion prescriptions, including most of the medications ordered by the VA.
- Employed 633,108 of our friends and neighbors, including more than 100,000 veterans.
- Served 70% of businesses with fewer than ten employees.
- Had a 90% favorability rating, making it the most popular federal agency.
As of the end of 2019, in Ohio’s 13th Congressional District the Postal Service:
- Had 44 facilities
- Employed 1,056 employees
- Provided $59,458,625.93 in wages for Northeast Ohioans