NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and Connecticut Attorney General William Tong joined postal worker union leaders and local residents Thursday to express concerns over proposed operational changes to the United States Postal Service (USPS).
The group also called for investments and protections for the USPS and its employees.
We’re talking about closing sorting facilities, shortening hours, and getting rid of those blue mailboxes. Those are all things set in motion by Postmaster General Louis Dejoy, right up until he was called before Congress earlier this week.
Republicans say the cuts are necessary to keep the postal service from continuing to lose money. Democrats say those proposed cost-cutting measures are an attempt to sabotage the presidential election.
U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro said, “We must be streamlining the process not sabotaging voting by mail. The actions are forcing people to have to decide their vote or their health and safety.”
Now, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy says he will hold off on making some changes ahead of the presidential election.
Congressman Joe Courtney stood with postal workers in Willimantic Wednesday to also protest the changes, especially the ones that affect the election, like changing the way mail-in ballots are handled.
“The notion that they were going to treat that as bulk rate mail which takes 10 to 15 days versus priority mail which has always been the case for absentee ballots or mail-in ballots is an outrage,” Congressman Courtney said.
The Postmaster General is a big donor to and supporter of President Donald Trump, which is one reason so many think the changes he was making were politically motivated. They think he was either trying to make it so the postal service could not handle all the mail-in ballots expected in November’s election, or make it so people doubt the result of that election.
Despite the announcement of a temporary pause on the Postmaster’s changes, there remains no plan by the Trump administration to reverse the damages already committed and provide the Postal Service with the funds requested by the USPS Board of Governors.
Congresswoman DeLauro says she will be back in Washington on Saturday when Congress is going to be voting on what is called the Delivering for America Act, which would undo all the cuts the Postmaster-General has made and put the USPS back to where it was on Jan. 1, 2020.