Costa, Cox Hold Press Conference Addressing USPS Service Delays

Aug 18, 2020
Press Release

(FRESNO) In response to the Trump Administration’s continued push towards sweeping operational changes that degrade service by the United States Postal Service, Congressmen Jim Costa (CA-16) and TJ Cox (CA-21) held a press conference today to discuss the need to support this vital service.

"The last thing we should be doing during a pandemic is putting Americans’ health and safety at risk by limiting the Postal Service,” said Costa. “Prescription drugs, government benefits, farm support payments, paychecks and business transactions all travel through the mail. Americans are already suffering because of the lack of a cohesive national plan to address the devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, now they must contend with deliberate delays in deliveries. This week, we will vote on a bill to stop these dangerous measures taken by the President and we will send a message that his constant efforts to dismantle our nation’s institutions will not be tolerated!

"With a critically important election coming up in less than three months, more Americans will exercise their sacred right to vote by absentee ballot through the mail. Just in March, during the primary election, all voters in Fresno and Madera Counties voted by mail without any irregularities. The attempt to use the Postal Service during a national health crisis to seek partisan advantage is outrageous and against the law.”

The Postal Service is a pillar of our democracy, enshrined in the Constitution and essential for providing critical services such as: delivering prescriptions, federal benefits, paychecks, tax returns and absentee ballots to millions of Americans. The Postal Service is often the only connection for rural communities such as those here in the San Joaquin Valley.

United States Postal Service Facts:

  • 48% of the world’s mail is delivered by the USPS.
  • Farmers receive support through the mail to conduct crucial conservation work, stabilize prices, and weather the economic downturn.
  • The USPS employs 600,000 Americans, including over 100,000 veterans, and provides economic support to the entire country.
  • 1.2 billion prescriptions were delivered by the USPS in 2019.
  • California will be conducting an all vote by mail election in November.
  • Vital government services, such as the DMV, are conducting business through the mail due to the pandemic.
  • Approximately 90,000 Californian’s still receive Social Security benefits in the mail.