WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) issued the following statement after the House passed the Delivering for America Act, which prohibits the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) from implementing harmful changes to its operations or level of service and provides $25 billion in funding.

“People across the country depend on the U.S. Postal Service to receive life-saving medications, paychecks, essential goods, ballots, and more. Even though the American people rely on this essential service, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear the President sees the USPS as a mere pawn in his desperate attempt to disenfranchise the people he views as a threat to his presidency.

“Postmaster General DeJoy has continued to disrupt the operations of the Postal Service, including decommissioning critical mail sorting machines, removing post boxes, cutting overtime, and restricting extra mail trips that ensure deliveries are made on time. These new policies significantly weaken the Postal Service’s ability to deliver essential items, which in some cases are a matter of life or death.

“Passage of the Delivering for America Act sends a strong message that the House stands with the American people to protect and support the Postal Service, its workers, and the right to vote. This bill would also provide the same level of funding recommended by the USPS Board of Governors, which is composed entirely of Trump appointees, to ensure the USPS has the resources it needs to fulfill its mission.

“This should not be a partisan issue. The damage to the Postal Service impacts rural and urban communities, seniors, veterans, small businesses, and families across the country. It is vital that we protect and fund the Postal service, and that the Postmaster General undo the damage he has already done.”