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Congressman Kildee Holds Roundtable with Local Postal Workers

Press Release

Date: Aug. 19, 2020
Issues: Infrastructure

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today held a virtual roundtable with Michigan postal workers to discuss how recent operational changes in the U.S. Postal Service have already slowed down mail delivery service.

On Saturday, Kildee will travel back to Washington, D.C. to vote for The Delivering For America Act. This new legislation, co-sponsored by Kildee, would fund the Postal Service and prohibit changes to operations until the pandemic has ended. While the Postmaster General Tuesday announced a temporary pause in implementing changes, legislative action is still necessary to reverse the damage already done to Post Office services.

Due to the pandemic, the Postal Service has seen a significant decline in revenue. In response, three months ago, House Democrats passed The Heroes Act, to provide the Postal Service $25 billion in emergency aid. Unfortunately, Senate Republicans and Mitch McConnell have failed to vote on this bill. Recently, the Postmaster General implemented harmful, so-called "cost-saving" policies, such as banning overtime and removing high-speed mail sorting machines and public collection boxes.

"The Postal Service is a fundamental part of a civil society," Congressman Kildee said. "The Postal Service keeps our country connected, especially rural communities and small businesses selling their products around the world. Every day, the hardworking men and women of the Postal Service deliver lifesaving medications, paychecks and Social Security benefits. The attacks on our Postal Service have already hurt families, and that is why I support the House coming back into session to pass emergency legislation to protect the Postal Service."

"We want to thank Representative Dan Kildee for his staunch support investigating and pushing against this attack on our nations postal service. For over two centuries the postal service has bound our nation together. President Trump and Postmaster General DeJoy have discovered what we already know, the American people like the USPS, they rely on the USPS and the hard working men and women of this service working with Congressional representatives like Dan Kildee will stand strong and protect this service from anyone who tries to degrade or destroy it," said President Roscoe Woods of The American Postal Workers Union.

Yesterday, Kildee joined workers from the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) to call for additional support for the Postal Service. Last week, Kildee also wrote a letter calling on the Postmaster General to reverse the recent changes that have hurt the Postal Service.