August 17, 2020

Congressman Neguse Applauds House Decision to Vote on $25 Billion USPS Funding and Oversight Measures

Washington D.C—Today, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced that the U.S. House of Representatives will return to Washington for an emergency session this Saturday, August 22nd to pass legislation to fund the U.S. Postal Service and prevent dangerous operational changes that may threaten the November elections. Included in the measures to be voted on this weekend is $25 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations for the U.S. Postal Service, similar to Congressman Neguse’s funding proposal which he introduced in March. 

“Coloradans are relying on delivery services provided by the Postal Service for medications, paychecks, social security payments, ballots and many other essential items. They are depending on timely and efficient mail delivery now more than ever as our nation faces the once-in-century health and economic crisis of COVID-19,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “The President’s blatant sabotage of USPS by withholding needed funds and approving operational changes that are eroding the effectiveness of USPS is a threat to lives, livelihoods and our American democracy, and we will not stand for it. On Saturday, Congress will return to Washington for an emergency session to pass $25 billion in much-needed funds for USPS and prevent continued operational changes that harm Americans and the post office.” 

The Protect Our Post Offices Act, which Congressman Neguse introduced in March, provides $25 billion for USPS, and has the support of nearly 100 lawmakers. On Saturday, the House plans to vote on the $25 billion funding proposal for USPS and to prohibit the Postal Service from implementing any changes to the operations or level of service it had in place on January 1, 2020, until the COVID-19 pandemic has ended. In addition toSaturday’s votes, the U.S. Postmaster General has been called to appear before Congress next week for an oversight hearing.