house Resolution No.305

Reps. Brenda Carter, Cynthia Johnson, Tyrone Carter, Chirkun, Peterson, Garrett, Hammoud, Witwer, Clemente, Cherry, Sneller, Rabhi, Camilleri, Bolden, Manoogian, Ellison, Stone, Hoadley, Warren, Wittenberg, Tate, Guerra and Kuppa offered the following resolution:

A resolution to urge the U.S. Congress, the President of the United States, and the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors to take swift action to ensure that the United States Postal Service remains an independent, fully funded agency of the federal government that is accessible and equipped to deliver all mail and provide all other services in a timely manner.

Whereas, The United States Postal Service is essential to the flow of information and goods in our country. This independent agency serves as a national communication network for people and communities across the country. It is foundational to the functioning of the economy and our system of commerce; and

Whereas, The United States Postal Service maintains a universal network that connects all rural, suburban, and urban communities across the country, encompassing nearly 159 million addresses. It carries necessary correspondence and goods to each community, including prescriptions and critical medications. Close to 120 million prescriptions are filled annually by the federal Veterans Administration and delivered daily to nearly 330,000 veterans across the country. Moreover, small businesses stay connected with their customers no matter where they live through the Postal Service; and

Whereas, The United States Postal Service is at the center of the nation's mailing industry, which generates $1.6 trillion annually and employs approximately 7.3 million individuals. The Postal Service directly employs 630,000 people, including 97,000 military veterans; and

Whereas, Recent Postal Service operational changes implemented by the Trump administration have resulted in the disruption, delay, and slowdown of mail delivery; the removal of some curbside mail collection boxes; a ban on overtime work for employees; and a ban on employees making extra trips to deliver mail when necessary. Even more troubling is the reduction in mail processing facilities and the removal of time-saving sorting machines, which has resulted in close to 400,000 pieces of mail going unsorted in the United States Postal Service Metroplex in Pontiac alone, one of the busiest in the country; and

Whereas, In the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic, more people than ever are voting by mail to protect the health of themselves and their families. However, in light of the operational changes implemented under the Trump administration, the United States Postal Service has recently warned 46 states, including the state of Michigan, that it cannot guarantee that ballots cast by mail for the November 2020 general election will be delivered in time to be counted, even if mailed by state deadlines, potentially resulting in the suppression of millions of votes and undermining democracy; and

Whereas, Under federal statute, the United States Postal Service must "be operated as a basic and fundamental service provided to the people by the Government of the United States, authorized by the Constitution, created by Act of Congress, and supported by the people." Further, it is obligated to "provide prompt, reliable, and efficient services to patrons in all areas" and "render services to all communities," in such a way so that "the costs of establishing and maintaining the Postal Service shall not be apportioned to impair the overall value of such service to the people"; and

Whereas, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s status as a mega-donor of President Trump, coupled with owning more than $75 million in companies competing with the Postal Service, has the appearance of a conflict of interest. This potential conflict, plus Mr. DeJoy’s administrative actions as stated above, call into question his ability to run the agency as an independent, non-partisan entity entrusted with delivering the mailed votes of millions of Americans this fall; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That we urge the U.S. Congress, the President of the United States, and the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors to take swift action to ensure that the United States Postal Service remains an independent, fully funded agency of the federal government that is accessible and equipped to deliver all mail and provide all other services in a timely manner; and be it further

Resolved, That copies of this resolution be transmitted to the President of the United States, the President of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the members of the Michigan congressional delegation, and the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors.