Fitzpatrick Statement on Bipartisan Legislation to Support USPS
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, August 22nd, 2020, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) voted YES on H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act. After the vote, Fitzpatrick released the following statement:
“I am a proud cosponsor of H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act, and I was proud to vote in favor of this legislation. I stand with the hardworking letter carriers and postal workers of the USPS. The USPS should be fully funded so that my constituents and millions across the country can receive the high quality, timely service that the Postal Service has historically provided. This bipartisan legislation would 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. We should be preserving and enhancing USPS delivery standards and services, not implementing operational changes that could delay delivery times and undermine quality services that every American depends on.”
“Right now, Americans across the country are relying on the USPS to deliver medications, essential goods, and ballots. The USPS is not a partisan issue, it is a constitutionally mandated public service that every American relies on. Constant partisan bickering will get us no closer to solving the issue. Republicans and Democrats, House and Senate, must come together and address the serious challenges that USPS has been facing for years. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on bipartisan solutions to support the USPS.”
Earlier this month, Fitzpatrick joined a bipartisan letter expressing our concern to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy about reports of delays in mail delivery. To view the entire letter, click here.
Last year, Fitzpatrick joined Reps. Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Tom Reed (NY-23), and Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02) to introduce bipartisan legislation, the USPS Fairness Act, to end the unfair pre-funding mandate for the USPS, solving the most pressing financial problem facing the agency. The USPS is the only federal agency that is required to pre-fund decades’ worth of health benefits for its future retirees. Since 2007, this unfair mandate is responsible for more than 90 percent of USPS’s financial losses and 100 percent of losses over the past six years.
Earlier this year, Fitzpatrick spoke on the House Floor in support of the USPS Fairness Act, when this overwhelmingly bipartisan legislation passed the House.