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House of Representatives Passes Delivering For America Act With Rep. Cleaver’s Support

Aug 22, 2020
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 8015, the Delivering For America Act, with bipartisan support by a vote of 257-150. United States Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) was a cosponsor and voted to pass the legislation, which would provide funding for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and prevent the Postmaster General from implementing any changes to USPS operations that were not already in effect on January 1, 2020.

“The Postal Service is a pillar of American society that should never be tainted by partisan politics,” said Congressman Cleaver. “Because of their dedicated service, seniors and veterans receive the life-saving medications, small businesses can affordably deliver their products to consumers, and voters can safely make their voices heard. The American people have made it unequivocally clear that they will not accept the Administration’s sabotage of their Postal Service, and today the People’s House did as well.”

Key provisions in the Delivering For America Act include:

  • Prohibiting the Postal Service from implementing or approving any changes to the operations or service levels in effect on January 1, 2020, that would impede prompt, reliable, and efficient service.
    • The prohibition would remain in effect during the duration of the coronavirus public health emergency or January 2021, whichever is later.
  • Requiring the Postal Service to treat all election mail as first-class mail. 
  • Providing $25 billion in critically-needed emergency appropriations for the Postal Service—the level of funding recommended by the USPS Board of Governors, which is composed of 100% Trump appointees. 

Congressman Cleaver has long been a fierce advocate for the USPS. In April, Cleaver led over 120 lawmakers in urging congressional leadership to including funding for the USPS in coronavirus relief legislation. This month, Cleaver joined over 170 House colleagues in calling on the Postmaster General to reverse policies that have exacerbated a dramatic increase in delayed and undelivered mail. This week, Cleaver joined 65 lawmakers to demand Postmaster General Louis DeJoy provide information on what actions the USPS is taking to ensure the timely and accurate delivery of prescriptions to veterans.

“I’m proud to stand with the men and women of the U.S. Postal Service, as we seek to ensure their phenomenal services continue unimpeded in the months and years ahead,” said Congressman Cleaver. “I would urge my colleagues in the Senate to stand with us by passing this critically important legislation.”

 

Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri's Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee; Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security, International Development, and Monetary Policy; member of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress; member of the Committee on Homeland Security; and a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. For more information, please contact Matt Helfant at 202-590-0175 or Matthew.Helfant@mail.house.gov A high-resolution photo of Congressman Cleaver is available here.