O’Halleran: No More Political Games, We Must Protect USPS

August 14, 2020
Press Release

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK – In light of mail delays and political threats by the President to both existing and newly-proposed mail-in voting infrastructure, this week, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) called for immediate relief for the United States Postal Service (USPS).

“90% of veterans receive their medications by way of the USPS. The military votes by mail, and the President and Vice President both voted by mail in 2018. Arizona’s mail-in voting infrastructure has protected the right to vote successfully for years now,” said O’Halleran. “Every citizen has the right to safely participate in our democratic process and receive their needed medications, tax refunds, Social Security payments, regular paychecks, and newly-issued Economic Impact Payments—many of which have yet to reach American families because of postal delay.”  

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.

In the letter, the Members wrote, “[T]he United States Postal Service is a pillar of our American Democracy that is enshrined in the Constitution, which empowers Congress to ‘establish Post Offices and Post Roads.’ The Postal Service provides critical services for the American people: delivering medicine to seniors, paychecks to workers, tax refunds to millions and absentee ballots to voters.”

View the letter HERE.

O’Halleran joined a second letter urging Congressional leadership to support at least $25 billion in emergency funds to meet the increased demand brought on by this pandemic.

In June, O’Halleran joined 137 other House Members in another 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.

“We must ensure now, more than ever, that the USPS can continue to operate without delay and free of political threat,” continued O’Halleran. “Action is needed, urgently.”