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In an emergency Saturday, August 22 session, the House of Representatives will return to the Capitol to vote on H.R. 8015, the “Delivering for American Act.” Last week, House Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney introduced the bill, which would require the USPS to restore the levels of service and operations to those that were in effect prior to January 1, 2020. We anticipate H.R. 8015 will be modified prior floor consideration to include among other items, $25 billion in emergency assistance to the USPS. The $25 billion is the amount the Postal Board of Governors unanimously requested earlier this year. NAPS acknowledges that, on Tuesday, the Postmaster General announced he would suspend further implementation of the operational changes proposed over the past two months. Nevertheless, the legislation is necesssary because H.R. 8015 would reverse past actions and put into law key protections to safeguard America’s mail service. In sum, the bill would provide resources to assist in the efficient and timely delivery of mail. Therefore, NAPS urges its members to contact their members of Congress to vote in favor of HR 8015.
In addition, the two congressional committees having jurisdiction over the U.S. Postal Service have scheduled hearings relating to the escalating controversy over the Postal Service’s recent operational and organizational changes. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing will be conducting its hearing on Friday morning, August 21 at 9:00 AM EDT and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform has scheduled its hearing on Monday morning, August 24 at 10:00 AM EDT. At this time the only witness slate for the Senate hearing is Postmaster General Louis DeJoy; the House hearing will feature the Postmaster General and Postal Board of Governors Chairman Robert Duncan. The hearings are being livestreamed here: Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and House Oversight and Reform.