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Rep. Ron Kind Calls for USPS to Maintain Mail Delivery Standards Amid Changes to Operations and Organizational Structure

August 14, 2020
Press Release

La Crosse, WI – Today, Rep. Ron Kind joined 193 of his colleagues in calling on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to ensure that mail delivery, including election mail, is not impacted by the recently announced modifications to the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) operations and organizational structure. The USPS is a critical part of our nation’s society and economy, providing an important link for rural communities and allowing Wisconsinites to receive medication, pay their bills, and vote by mail regardless of their address. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the USPS has worked to deliver essential items to communities across Wisconsin. With many small businesses, seniors, and families relying on our postal system, it’s critical that the USPS continues to function effectively.   


“I know the vital role the United States Postal Service plays in rural communities across Wisconsin – that’s why I’ve been a longtime supporter of the USPS,” said Rep. Ron Kind. “I’m concerned that the recent changes to the USPS’s organizational structure will negatively impact its ability to provide the services so many rely on. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s crucial that the USPS continues to fulfill its responsibilities to ensure all Wisconsinites can vote by mail, receive medication, and stay connected to family and friends.”  


In May, Rep. Kind voted for the HEROES Act, which allocated $25 billion in emergency funds to the USPS and added further protections for postal workers. Additionally, he is a cosponsor of the Protect Our Post Offices Act, which would provide $25 billion to support USPS operations during the COVID-19 crisis, and signed a letter to House Leadership requesting the USPS be given direct relief to maintain service standards and keep Area Mail Processing facilities open. 


Read the letter here.