O’Halleran Acts to Protect USPS
WASHINGTON—Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Delivering for America Act: legislation cosponsored by Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) that prohibits the Postal Service from implementing or approving any changes to the operations or service levels in effect on January 1, 2020, that would impede prompt, reliable, and efficient service. The prohibition would remain in effect for the duration of the coronavirus crisis or through January 2021.
“90% of veterans receive their medications by way of the USPS and Arizona’s mail-in voting infrastructure has protected the right of countless in our state to vote successfully for years now,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “Every citizen has the right to safely participate in our democratic process and receive their needed medications, tax refunds, regular paychecks, and newly-issued Economic Impact Payments—many of which have yet to reach American families because of postal delay. Today, we took much-needed action to ensure that the USPS can continue to operate without delay and free of political threat.”
The Delivering for America Act prohibits
- 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.
- Any change that would have the effect of delaying mail or increasing the volume of undelivered mail.
Earlier this week, O’Halleran joined Rep. Greg Stanton (AZ-09) to host a roundtable to hear from local leaders about how changes to the United States Postal Service would impact their communities.
Last week, in light of mail delays and political threats by the President to both existing and newly-proposed mail-in voting infrastructure, O’Halleran joined a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy calling for the reversal of policies that have worsened the crisis facing USPS, exacerbating a dramatic increase in delayed and undelivered mail. View the letter, HERE.
In June, O’Halleran joined 137 other House Members in a bipartisan letter to Senate leadership urging them to pass legislation providing $25 billion in emergency grants to the United States Postal Service. The Heroes Act, which O’Halleran voted to pass on May 15, included this $25 billion in emergency appropriations to help the USPS keep its doors open, a provision O’Halleran and others had called for prior to the introduction of the legislation.