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Higgins Says Postmaster’s Pause Doesn’t Undo Harm Already Implemented or Protect Against Dismantling of the USPS After November Election

Aug 19, 2020
Press Release
House Scheduled for Saturday Vote on “Delivering for America Act”

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) says the announcement by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy indicating he is temporarily pausing sweeping changes to the United States Postal Service (USPS) doesn’t demonstrate the Postmaster has a true understanding of what the Postal Service means to Americans and provides no confidence that sabotage of the Postal Service won’t continue. 

Higgins said, “Yesterday’s announcement was only intended quiet the public outrage over attempts to dismantle the Postal Service.  It does nothing to undo the harm already implemented here in Western New York and across the Nation. And it provides no comfort that they won’t be back at it again come November.” 

Under the direction of the Postmaster, 671 pieces of mail processing equipment were removed from postal facilities across the nation. This includes the removal of 5 mail sorters from the William Street mail processing facility in Buffalo and an additional 4 sorters from Rochester. There is currently no plan for those machines to return. 

In addition to the removal of machines, the Postmaster issued sweeping directives that undermine the traditional 1-2 day service standards which have been customary for the Postal Service. The changes included no late trucks and no overtime, leaving mail to sit in post offices, creating widespread mail delivery delays. Higgins was among over 170 members objecting to these changes. 

Late yesterday Postmaster DeJoy issued a statement indicating he is “suspending these initiatives until after the election.”

On Saturday, August 22 the House of Representatives will be in session to vote on the “Delivering for America Act,” legislation. Higgins is a cosponsor of this legislation which directs that no operational changes be made to the USPS during the COVID pandemic, provides $25 billion in funding for USPS, and specifies processing of election mail.