Statement from Congressman Darin LaHood on the Delivering for America Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) released the following statement after he opposed the Delivering for America Act.
“Since joining Congress, I have been a consistent supporter of the USPS and our mail carriers in central and west-central Illinois who provide essential services for rural communities in Illinois. The USPS has long-term challenges that predate this administration and like many organizations impacted by COVID-19, I believe we should provide financial relief to the USPS and mail carriers. However, this legislation will only prevent the USPS from addressing long-term challenges to make it a more efficient and financially stable organization.
“As I traveled across the 18th Congressional District this week, I heard from workers who still cannot access Illinois’ unemployment system, small businesses crippled by state-mandated closures that can't access federal funding provided to Illinois, and parents and teachers who are looking for additional help as we begin the school year. Instead of calling an emergency Congressional session to address additional COVID-19 relief, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats manufactured a crisis around the United States Postal Service to stoke fear ahead of the November election.
“Democrats are wasting precious time on unfounded mailbox theories, even after the Postal Service halted operational changes until after this election and confirmed their ability to handle increased election mail. Working Americans, small businesses, and schools still face significant challenges brought on by COVID-19. Today’s “emergency” session, which a third of Democratic caucus failed to show up for, demonstrates how unserious Democrats’ are about moving our country forward and finding common ground on issues to revitalize our country in the wake of COVID-19.”