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August 17, 2020

KABC: U.S. Postal Service mail controversy, slow delivery times spur protest in Venice

VENICE, Calif. (KABC) — The controversy surrounding the U.S. Postal Service and its recent slow down in delivery times is now spurring local protests.

President Trump told reporters Monday that the recent changes are designed to make the postal service profitable.

 

The USPS said it’s common practice for mailboxes outside post offices to be locked on days they are closed to prevent vandalism.

“I have encouraged everybody, speed up the mail!” the president said. “Not slow the mail.”

But that is not the way Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi sees it. She’s calling the House back into session this week for a vote Saturday on legislation to block the changes ordered inside the postal service.

On Monday afternoon, three Congress members expressed outrage as the slow down in mail delivery is affecting people across the country. Representatives Maxine Waters, Nanette Barragán and Jimmy Gomez say all of their offices have been flooded with complaints from constituents who aren’t receiving mail, medication and items for their small businesses.

 

“This is not a Republican or Democratic issue. This issue affects everyone across the country,” Barragán said.

The House will vote on the “Delivering for America Act,” a piece of legislation to retroactively repeal the operational changes implemented by USPS’s newly-appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. It comes as DeJoy has been making what he calls “cost-cutting measures” which is slashing overtime for mail carriers. They’re also removing high-speed sorting machines and many mail boxes across the country have been removed.

 

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