PELOSI'S CONSPIRACY BY MAIL

Dear Friends,

August is traditionally the time of year Congress goes into “recess” and Members of Congress return to their districts to meet with constituents.

This year should be different. Congress needs to be in Washington to formulate real solutions to the many urgent issues facing our nation, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic crisis from the shutdown, the wave of violence and chaos erupting in cities, and the massive and ever-growing federal debt. This past weekend, Speaker Nancy Pelosi did call the House of Representatives back to Washington – but not to tackle any of these real problems.

Speaker Pelosi and her fellow Democrats have invented yet another bogus crisis based on more wild accusations and conspiracy theories. Their new claim is that President Trump is attempting to “sabotage” the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).

It goes something like this… The President secretly made one of his supporters, Louis DeJoy, the Postmaster General of the United States. DeJoy, the supposed hitman in this nefarious plot, is allegedly on a mission to destroy the USPS from within.

Before I set the record straight, let me be clear that I fully support the Postal Service. It is a vital lifeline for millions of Americans, including many here in our congressional district. There have been sporadic delays in mail delivery, and I know this hurts folks.

These slowdowns, however, are not the result of any action taken by the President or the new Postmaster General (who has only been on the job for two months). If you have experienced significant slowdowns in your mail delivery, please contact my office and our team will work with the Postal Service to get to the bottom of the problem.The USPS has reported that slowdowns are often caused by the large numbers of postal workers calling out sick due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Left, however, has never allowed the truth to get in the way of a good political narrative.


First, President Trump cannot unilaterally decide who becomes the Postmaster General. That decision is made by the USPS Board of Governors, a panel made up of appointees of both political parties. This bipartisan Board unanimously selected DeJoy—a longtime logistics executive from the private sector. DeJoy is a supporter of President Trump but there’s nothing unusual about that – like it or not, it’s how Washington has worked for decades and all presidents have nominated supporters to influential positions. Regardless of his politics, at the end of the day DeJoy was selected because of his 35 years of experience in the logistics industry, and his job is to save the Postal Service, not destroy it.

Second, DeJoy has only been in this role since June 15, and most of what Democrats accuse him of doing either isn’t happening at all, or long pre-dates his arrival to the agency. One accusation is that DeJoy has banned all employees working overtime. DeJoy has now said—multiple times under oath in congressional testimony—that he has never given any such order. Another claim is that DeJoy is decommissioning mail-sorting machines en masse to intentionally slow delivery and pulling blue collection bins off the streets to discourage voting by mail. The truth is quite simple. Mail volume has declined dramatically, and the Postal Service has been removing sorting machines and collection bins to accommodate today’s demand for years. More than 11,000 collection bins were removed under President Obama, and these trends have been in place long before DeJoy came to the Postal Service. The USPS has clearly stated that none of this will impact election mail. However, in reaction to hysterics from Democrats, DeJoy has promised to halt the removal of sorting machines and collection bins to avoid even the appearance of election interference.

Third, to “fix” this non-existent “crisis” at the Postal Service, Speaker Pelosi has decided to force a $25 billion bailout onto the USPS. There are indeed deep systemic problems at the USPS and the agency has lost revenue for 13 straight years. Mail volume has steadily declined, and first-class mail simply never recovered from the internet.

Packages, however, are a much different story. The Postal Service now relies on packages to make up for much of the revenue lost to e-mail. During the pandemic, package volume has skyrocketed. As a result, since mid-March, the Postal Service has pulled in $1.4 billion more in revenue than it did during the same period in 2019. The USPS now has approximately $14 billion cash on hand and reports it has the resources to operate through August 2021. The agency is not running out of money any time soon. If, however, the USPS does need additional funding, there is already a $10 billion loan ready and available from the U.S. Treasury Department. The Postal Service does not need a bailout from Congress – it needs long-overdue reforms. Speaker Pelosi’s legislation, however, blocks the Postmaster General from making any changes whatsoever.

Ironically, two days after Speaker Pelosi forced her bill to “save” the Postal Service through the House, the House Oversight Committee held a hearing with Postmaster General DeJoy to examine the issue. This is a little like putting a new roof on your house and then calling an inspector to ask if you needed a new roof. This goes to show how disingenuous House Democrats have become.

As usual, Speaker Pelosi is playing Washington games and trying to score political points. She wants to sow confusion because she thinks it will help her party in November. That’s what this is all about – it always is. Surprise, surprise.


PULL UP A VIRTUAL SEAT

While we’ve reached capacity for our upcoming Service Academy Day, there’s still a seat reserved for you! Join me at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 29th on my official Facebook page as I live stream this important event, which is designed to familiarize students with the application and nomination process for the nation’s five military service academies.


The one-hour program will include a question and answer session with academy representatives and the opportunity for you to text your question.  So if you’d like to learn more about our nation’s premiere institutions which train and equip the next generation of military officers, make plans to pull up a virtual front row seat this weekend.

For more information about this event, please email GA10Noms@mail.house.gov. Then, visit my website to learn more receiving an appointment to the United States Military, Naval, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and Air Force academies.


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