Today, Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) released the following statement after voting against the Delivering for America Act:
"The 'crisis' at the Postal Service is nothing more than a conspiracy theory advanced by Democrats in a desperate effort to increase enthusiasm among their voters for November's election. Today, we could be working on legislation to help the millions of Americans still struggling because of the ongoing pandemic. Instead, we are voting on this bill that will go nowhere and fix nothing. What a tremendous waste of time."
Background on the United States Postal Service (USPS) and Democrats misleading claims:
The USPS is a largely self-funded independent agency that typically does not rely upon Congress for funding. The USPS reported revenue of $71.1 billion in 2019, with a net loss of $8.8 billion.
The U.S. Treasury also already made a $10 billion emergency loan available to the USPS as part of a coronavirus relief plan.
The Postal Service processes and delivers 472.1 million mail pieces each day.
Approximately 330 million people live in the United States. That is more than one piece of mail, for every person in the United States, processed and delivered by the Postal Service every day.
The USPS is perfectly capable of handling an increase in mail volume due to mail-in voting.
The Postal Service warned several states that their mail-in voting cut-offs are too close to Election Day to ensure timely delivery in accordance with USPS delivery standards. This is a state issue, not a Postal Service issue. For example, in Minnesota, voters can request a mail-in ballot the day before Election Day.
The Postal Service routinely moves mailboxes that receive little use. More than 14,000 mailboxes were removed under President Obama. Democrats are using this routine practice to amplify misinformation and add fuel to an irresponsible and baseless conspiracy theory. Due to the hysteria Democrats have created over this practice, the USPS has halted the removal of any mailboxes until after the election.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) urged reforms to the USPS earlier this year, saying "USPS’s financial viability, however, has been on GAO’s High-Risk List since 2009 due to its poor financial condition, which has worsened in recent years due to declining mail volumes and rising costs."
In order to ensure Americans' confidence in the postal system, Post Master General DeJoy has delayed postal reforms until after the election. Democrats are only damaging the Postal Service further by delaying sensible reforms to ensure efficiency and long-term solvency.