Wittman statement on H.R. 8015 – Delivering for America Act
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) issued the following statement after voting “No” on H.R. 8015 – Delivering for America Act:
“The USPS plays a vital role in our nation and provides critical service to millions of Americans, especially during this pandemic,” Congressman Wittman said, “And many folks in the First District rely on the postal service for important deliveries, including medications. I support the USPS and want to ensure they improve service and support efficient and fair elections processes.
“However, the bill put forward by House Democrats, H.R. 8015, is purely partisan politics put forth to give Democrats another anti-Republican talking point. It does not allow enough flexibility for the USPS to address the issues around the country and that is why I could not support it. It will not correct the structural problems at USPS and provides $25 billion in taxpayer funding to the USPS without any reforms.
“The USPS is still financially troubled, but officials have stated that it has enough funding available and the resources necessary to deliver mail-in ballots during the upcoming election. The USPS currently has $14 billion on hand and an additional $10 billion available from the U.S. Treasury to ensure uninterrupted operations through next year. Additionally, Postmaster General DeJoy has indicated that the Post Office has the full capacity to handle all anticipated mail in ballots. The USPS handles roughly 471 million pieces of mail a day, meaning that if all 330 million people in the United States were to mail in a ballot over this election cycle, the Post Office would easily be able to handle that volume.
“We must work to find real, workable solutions for the American people, and I will continue to call on my colleagues to find those solutions in a bipartisan manner.”
This vote follows Congressman Wittman’s recent actions to ensure postal operations remain sound through these difficult times. Congressman Wittman sent a letter last week to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to ensure that timely and reliable mail service continues using the monies allocated by the CARES Act, which he supported earlier this year. This letter followed Congressman Wittman’s request to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam for a joint briefing between USPS and the Virginia Department of Elections to address concerns about the level of preparedness as the United States nears the November election.
Congressman Rob Wittman represents the 1st District of Virginia. He serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, where he serves as the ranking member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.