House passes bill to reverse changes blamed for mail delays

On Saturday, over one hundred demonstrators rallied outside the post office in downtown Eugene in support of the United States Postal Service.

Posted: Aug 22, 2020 6:14 PM
Updated: Aug 22, 2020 9:45 PM

Eugene, Ore. --- The House has approved legislation that would reverse recent changes in U.S. Postal Service operations.

The measure would also send $25 billion in emergency funds to shore up the agency ahead of November's presidential election.

Passage was 257 to 150 and reportedly came after a heated debate. President Donald Trump had urged a no vote, calling concerns over mail delivery a "hoax," and the White House says he will veto the bill if it passes the GOP-led Senate.

More than two dozen Republicans broke with the president and backed the legislation.

On Saturday, over one hundred demonstrators rallied outside the post office in downtown Eugene in support of the United States Postal Service. 

Organizers said this rally was in response to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy's decision to issue a series of directives which could lead to the delay of mail ahead of the presidential election in November. 

"We're taking a really strong stance to remove the Postmaster General from his job. We want the mailboxes back. We demand the sorting machines back and we're just encouraging everyone to get out there and vote," Eugene resident Jason Cummings said. 

Protesters chanted and held signs outside of the Willamette Street post office for around an hour. 

Along with saving the post office, Eric Richardson the executive director of Eugene's NAACP said it's about making sure people can vote. 

"It's hard to vote, to stand in line, especially now during COVID-19. People are going to be discouraged about standing in line.
They don't want to do it so we need a strong vote by mail. We need a strong postal service," Richardson said. 

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