Residents of the 14th Congressoinal District are increasingly concerned about the fate of the U.S. Postal Service, according to U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville.
Underwood met with several constiuents during a two-hour, in-person outdoor mobile office event in Oswego’s Prairie Point Park Friday morning.
Underwood said her consituents are worried the current U.S. Postmaster General and CEO Louis DeJoy is taking steps to either privatize the postal service or make it less reliable.
"Constituents are concerned with the extended delivery times that they have experienced. Some have voiced concerns about the delivery of their prescription medications," she said, adding, "The Postal Service is a trusted, vital part of our community, and they are very upset to see these kinds of what they perceive as attacks happening against the Postal Service."
Underwood said the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, which passed the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives in May and is stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate would provide additoinal financial support for the Postal Service. Specifically, she said, the HEROES Act includes $25 billion for the Postal Service to ensure that delivery times are maintained and election-related mail can be handled properly and timely.
On Aug. 14, the Associated Press reported that officials in 46 states and the District of Columbia have been warned by the Postal Service that it cannot guarantee that all mail-in ballots for the Nov. 3 election will arrive in time to be counted. Some states have also reported the removal of curbside mail collection boxes.
The next step, Underwood said, is for the HEROES Act to pass the Senate.
"I hope that we are called back (to Washington, D.C.) any day to vote on final passage," she said.
Underwood released an additional statement late Friday regarding the Postal Service
"The United States Postal Service has always been an essential service, but this year, it is absolutely vital to preserving our health and preserving our democracy," Underwood said. "I have heard from countless Illinoisans who have been inconvenienced by current delays and are terrified about in-person voting this fall.
"I strongly support the $25 billion in emergency funding for Postal Service as passed in the HEROES ACT and demand a reversal of the changes recently implemented by the Trump Administration that put Postal Service workers, seniors who depend on the mail for prescription drugs, rural communities to which only Postal Service delivers, and our very democracy at risk."
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August 15, 2020 at 05:06PM