In a letter expressing “great concern” over recent reports of delays in mail delivery across the U.S. Congresswomen Deb Haaland (D-NM) and Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) on Wednesday called for Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to “immediately” address issues that are slowing the delivery of vital Social Security benefits to older Americans and people with disabilities. More than 500,000 Americans receive Social Security checks in the mail, the Congresswomen noted.
“Social Security benefits are a lifeline for seniors and those with disabilities. Yet, Postmaster General DeJoy put their health and livelihoods at risk by implementing harmful changes to the Postal Service,” Rep. Haaland said in a statement provided to TIME. “My own mother relies on the mail for her Social Security benefits and has taken to writing letters to keep in touch with family while visitors are limited at her living facility—it’s people like her who are harmed because of this Administration’s careless action to try and cheat their way to an election win.”