House Passes H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act
(Washington D.C.) – Today, Congressman Albio Sires released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act:
“I have long been an outspoken critic of this Administration’s handling of, and tampering with, the United States Postal Service (USPS). That is why I voted in favor of H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act, introduced by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), which passed the House by a vote of 257-150. This legislation provides much needed protections for the policies in place at the Postal Service. Millions of Americans rely on the Postal Service for delivery of prescriptions, Social Security checks, and small business needs. At a time when mail delivery is surging, the Administration should be supporting the USPS, not enacting policies that slow down delivery without considering the consequences to families across the country. H.R. 8015 is a necessary and effective step in countering the Administration’s efforts to tamper with the USPS ahead of the November elections. It is incumbent upon us to ensure the USPS can handle what is expected to be a large influx of mail-in votes, and that everyone across the country has an opportunity to safely and effectively return their ballot.”
Among the many provisions included, this legislation would prohibit the USPS from making operational or service changes from those that were in place on January 1, 2020, until the last day of the COVID-19 public health emergency, or January 1, 2021. Specifically, this legislation prohibits changes that will decrease the service provided by USPS, close USPS facilities or shorten hours, reduce or eliminate overtime paid to USPS employees, and instruct USPS employees to increase their volume of undelivered mail.