August 22, 2020

Rep. Lawson Votes to Pass the Delivering for America Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Lawson (FL-05) voted to pass H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act, 257-150. This legislation requires the Postal Service to return to the operations that were in place on January 1, 2020 throughout the duration of the coronavirus public health emergency. It also requires all election mail to be treated as First-Class mail.  

The Delivering for America Act provides $25 billion in critical funding for the Postal Service – the same level of funding recommended by the USPS Board of Governors.

“The Postal Service is essential to the fabric of our communities, providing North Florida families and all Americans with critical services, including the delivery of life-saving prescriptions, Social Security benefits, paychecks, tax returns and ballots,” Rep. Lawson said. “Yet, the Trump Administration and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy have waged an outrageous campaign to degrade postal operations and delay mail delivery in the middle of a pandemic and just months before a Presidential election. In the name of our democracy and veterans, seniors, families and small businesses who depend on the Post Office, I proudly joined my colleagues to pass the Delivering for America Act to undo the damage and ensure the Postal Service has the resources necessary to fulfill its vital role at this pivotal moment.”

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:

  • 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.

On Monday, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform will hold an urgent hearing with Postmaster General DeJoy to answer to the American people as to why he is pushing these dangerous new policies that threaten the health of Americans during a pandemic and silence the voices of millions just months before the election.