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As Trump Administration Moves to Tear Down the USPS, Higgins Fights Back

Aug 13, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is among over 170 Members of Congress pushing back on recent efforts by the Trump Administration to diminish services and refuse funding for the United States Postal Service. 

In a letter to the Postmaster General the Members write, “The Postal Service provides critical services for the people: delivering medicine to seniors, paychecks to workers, tax refunds to millions and absentee ballots to voters. It is always essential that the Postal Service be able to deliver mail in a timely and effective manner.”

In the last two weeks alone, approximately 450 Western New Yorkers impacted by USPS delays or worried about the future of the United States Postal Service have reached out to Congressman Higgins’ office.

Higgins said, “There is real concern about the immediate effect this is having on businesses and residents who rely on the Postal Service as well as the long-term impact this will have on the viability of the Postal Service in a competitive economy that has come to expect rapid delivery.”

During a video briefing given by the previous Postmaster General Megan Brennan to the House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform in April, the Postmaster reported the USPS will “run out of cash this fiscal year” and requested $25 billion in emergency appropriations to offset coronavirus-related losses. 

However, recent maneuvers by new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is leading to serious operational delays to mail delivery.  These include the elimination of overtime, prohibitions on extra trips to deliver the mail, and other restrictions on letter carrier activities, measures which leaves mail piling up at processing centers.

Higgins voted for the Heroes Act in May which included $25 billion in emergency aid for the USPS.  He is also a cosponsor of the Protect Our Post Offices Act (H.R. 6425), legislation appropriating $25 billion in emergency funding to the Postal Service for financial hardship related to the coronavirus outbreak.

In 2012 Higgins successfully led the effort to save the William Street mail processing facility from closing.