House voting this weekend on sending billions to Postal Service

Aug 21, 2020

On Saturday the House is voting on the Delivering for America Act, a Postal Service relief package which would include $25 billion and seek to limit operational changes imposed by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

The USPS Buffalo Distribution Center on William Street has already had five mail sorting machines removed. Four have also been removed at the facility in Rochester.
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Congressman Brian Higgins when speaking to postal workers in front of the William Street Distribution Center in Buffalo, said DeJoy’s actions over recent weeks has limited the capability of the United States Postal Service.

“People are paying to have mail delivered. So when they pay with their stamps, it ends up here deliberately not being delivered,” said Higgins. “That is a planned effort to obstruct the mail delivery system, and it's corrupt, and it's unfair.”

Five mail sorting machines were recently removed from Buffalo’s distribution center under nationwide cuts ordered by Postmaster DeJoy, the House bill would seek to reverse those cuts and restrictions on things like overtime and truck schedules.

Postmaster DeJoy testified in front of a Senate committee today, pushing back on the idea that the changes he ordered we politically motivated.

"Trying to have any negative impact on the election is an outrageous claim," DeJoy said.

Instead, the USPS head said the changes were made for fiscal reasons.

"Changes must be made to ensure our sustainability for the years and decades ahead," he said.

Funding allocated in the Delivering for America Act would be in addition to USPS funding in the yet to be passed HEROES Act.