Rep. Susie Lee Holds Press Conference at Local Post Office as USPS Faces Deliberate Delays Threatening Nevadans

August 18, 2020
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Las Vegas, Nev. – U.S. Rep. Susie Lee (Nev.-03) held a press conference in front of a local Las Vegas post office to stand in support of protecting and strengthening the United States Postal Service (USPS) as it’s facing deliberate delays and politically motivated changes from the current administration. Yesterday, Rep. Lee released a statement regarding the deliberate delays at USPS. 

Rep. Lee was joined by southern Nevada families, veterans, senior citizens, and local postal employees.  

Rep. Lee and the numerous Nevadans by her side voiced why the postal is so important to Nevadans on a daily basis: 

“A service so basic, and so essential, to our society should never be the target of political attacks. The truth is that Americans rely on the postal service every single day to survive and make ends meet. These delays can mean that a veteran doesn’t get their life-saving prescription on time, or a working mother is late paying her electric bill, all because this President wanted to use the postal service for political gain.” - Rep. Susie Lee 

“We need to remember one thing. It’s called the U.S. Postal Service. We’re not a business, we’re a service to the American people.” - Rich Griffin, National Association of Letter Carriers 

“My fear is, that if the post office is not taken care of, my neighbors and myself are going to be waiting for...medication, much needed prescription drugs. Support the post office. Do whatever you can. Not only for myself, but for all of my senior neighbors.” - Mary Richard, Nev.-03 constituent 

“I’m a retired Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army, and I rely on getting my drugs through the mail. Without those drugs, I wouldn’t be able to continue my life. It becomes important to me, when someone starts to block it for political reasons.” - Bart Clausten, Nev.-03 constituent 

“I’m a law student, and as my little side hustle, I make hand-crafted items I sell [online]. I’ve already seen a huge delay. A lot of the material I need has to be delivered through the post office. I’ve already seen a huge delays. Things that used to take maybe a week for me to get I now have to plan a month in advance.” - Alisa McAffee, Nev.-03 constituent. 

Rep. Lee called on her colleagues from both sides of the aisle to vote for the Delivering for America Act this weekend: 

“It’s been nearly three weeks since unemployment expired for millions of working families. Schools are about to reopen without the proper resources or guidelines. Rent is due for families forced out of work, the student loan moratorium is expiring soon.  

“All of these are potential disasters, but they all have a solution. And the solution was passed over three months ago by the House – the Heroes Act, which is a $3 trillion emergency relief package to address the exact issues Americans are facing right now, including $25 billion to fund the Postal Service.  

“The inaction from Mitch McConnell, the deliberate delays and sabotage of the postal service by this administration, the failure to contain the spread of the virus, have all been done for the sake of politics.  

“These political gains have a true cost: American lives and American livelihoods.  

“So I call on my Republican colleagues in the House and Senate to join us in protecting the postal service.  

“If you believe in upholding the integrity of our democracy, then do the right thing and support the Delivering for America Act."

BACKGROUND: Rep. Lee was joined by: 

  • Rich Griffin, National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 2502 and U.S. Marine Corps veteran;  
  • Husband and wife and Nev.-03 constituents Bart Clouston, retired Army Master Sergeant, and Alisa McAffee, mail-order small business owner;  
  • Mary Richard, Nev.-03 constituent and senior citizen;  
  • Manny Garcia, U.S. Army Veteran who served in Desert Storm, IBEW Local 357 member;
  • Tony Marshall, Adjutant Quartermaster Service Officer for VFW Post 12198

The Heroes Act—emergency coronavirus relief package passed by the House of Representatives over three months ago—includes $25 billion in emergency funding for the USPS, along with $3.6 billion for the equipment, supplies, and staffing needed to safely and securely administer the 2020 election.   

On Sunday, August 16th, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House will reconvene this week to vote on emergency legislation, the Delivering for America Act, to protect and strengthen the USPS. 

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