Statement of Congressman Danny K. Davis In support of H.R. 8015, Delivering for America Act

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August 22, 2020
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Statement of Congressman Danny K. Davis

In support of H.R. 8015, Delivering for America Act

August 22, 2020

 

Madam Speaker, I rise in support of our Postal Service and in support of its mission to serve our people, in support of its role in our democracy, in our elections, in support of its role in delivering vital goods and services critical to the health and well-being of our people and our economy and in support of the men and women of the Postal Service who have added the pandemic to the list of barriers they cast aside each day in their daily rounds.

Madam Speaker, I note that we do not require that our government departments and agencies show a “profit.” That is not their purpose.  We do not defend our country for a “profit.”  We do not educate our children for a “profit.”  We do not protect our environment for a “profit.” 

Madam Speaker, we long ago rejected the Luddite movement which advocated breaking machines in a futile effort to turn back scientific and technological progress.  Breaking and discarding postal sorting machines is sabotage today, just as it was in the 1800s.  

Madam Speaker, I am deeply troubled by the alarming delays in First-Class, marketing, and Priority Mail documented by the Postal Service’s own briefing packet for the Postmaster General from last week.  I have seen evidence of these delays in the pictures sent and the stories told to me by postal employees.


Madam Speaker, I proudly cast my vote in support of the request from the Postal Board of Governors for $25 billion in aid and in support of HR8015, the Delivering for America Act.