House Republicans Claim There Are “No Delays” at Postal Service

Aug 21, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (Aug. 21, 2020)—Today, in testimony before the House Rules Committee on the Delivering for America Act, Rep. James Comer, the Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, which has jurisdiction over the U.S. Postal Service, asserted repeatedly that there are “no delays” occurring throughout the country at postal facilities, claiming over and over again that there is no data or other information proving these delays are real.


Unfortunately, his testimony ignores data showing these delays throughout the nation.


His testimony also ignores headlines across the country documenting these delays.


His testimony ignores widespread concerns about these delays from his own Republican colleagues.


His testimony ignores a letter from the Postal Service on August 11 admitting these delays:  “we acknowledge that temporary service impacts can occur as we redouble our efforts to conform to the current operating plans, but any such impacts will be monitored and temporary as the root causes of any issues are addressed and corrected.”


His testimony ignores an email from the Postmaster General to all postal employees on August 13 acknowledging the “unintended consequences that impacted our overall service levels.”


And his testimony ignores the Postmaster General’s own testimony just this morning conceding that “we all feel bad about what the dip in the level of service” and that he is working “feverishly” to fix these problems.


In response to today’s testimony, Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney issued the following statement:

“Unfortunately, this is part of the problem.  Some Republicans would prefer to shut their eyes, put their hands over their ears, and shove their heads in the ground.  I believe there are other Republicans who talk to their constituents and recognize that the American people do not want anyone messing with the Post Office.  They want their mail, their medicines, and their mail-in ballots delivered in a timely way, and that is exactly what our bill does.”


116th Congress