San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after Postmaster General Louis DeJoy unveiled a rollback of consumer mail services, including longer first-class delivery windows, reduced post office hours and higher postage prices:
“The Postal Service is a pillar of our American Democracy and is enshrined in the Constitution, which empowers Congress to ‘establish Post Offices and Post Roads.’ The USPS provides services that are vital to the lives and livelihoods of the American people: ensuring that seniors and veterans receive their medicines, workers receive paychecks, taxpayers receive refunds and voters can participate in their democracy. Over 1 billion prescriptions are delivered through the Postal Service, including around 90 percent from the VA to veterans.
“Unfortunately, Postmaster DeJoy’s planned cutbacks, if enacted, would undermine this mission, resulting in serious delays and degradation of service for millions.
“The Postal Service needs smart, strong investments to ensure that it can continue to serve the American people in a timely and effective manner, particularly in our most remote and under-served communities. The Congress will soon advance a robust infrastructure bill to ensure that the Postal Service has the resources needed to serve the American people in a timely and effective manner. We must deliver For The People.”