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SPLC Action Fund Calls on Congress to Act to Prevent Postal Service Disruptions

WASHINGTON — SPLC Action Fund President and CEO Margaret Huang released the statement below after Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi asked Members of the House of Representatives to come back from recess to vote on legislation designed to prevent the United States Postal Service (USPS) from making any changes to disrupt mail service or make it less reliable.

“Millions of people — especially older individuals, low-income families, and those in rural areas or Indian Country — depend on the essential services of the USPS. Every day postal employees work hard to deliver medicine, benefit checks and other important items. This lifeline is now under attack by the Trump Administration in its efforts to rig the general election.

“We commend Speaker Pelosi’s efforts to reconvene the House of Representatives this week and address this pressing matter — and urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to convene the Senate for this essential work. We also applaud House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) for scheduling oversight hearings to question Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and for her work in authoring the 'Delivering for America Act,' the legislation that stops the USPS from making any changes to its operations.

“Congress must act to prevent mail delivery disruptions and help ensure free and fair elections. The pillars of our democracy are at stake."