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8.24.20

After Houses Passes Postal Service Relief Bill With Bipartisan Support, Senator Tillis Must Push For Senate Action

Watch: Cal Discusses His Postal Service Priorities, Senator Tillis’ Lack of Action

Tillis Is Caving To His Donor, Postmaster General DeJoy, As North Carolinians Harmed by Postal Service Cuts Look For Relief

RALEIGH, NC — After the House passed bipartisan legislation this weekend to reverse harmful cuts and provide critical resources to help the United States Postal Service maintain operations, Senator Thom Tillis must push for the package to be taken up in the Senate.

Tillis has refused to criticize the harmful cuts and rollbacks put in place by his donor, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, including the removal of seven mail sorting machines from a postal facility near the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. At a Senate hearing Friday, DeJoy confirmed he would not be reinstalling any sorting machines that have been removed, saying they’re “not needed.” 

DeJoy’s cuts have hurt North Carolinans who rely on consistent and timely mail delivery, including veterans, rural communities and older Americans, and those wishing to cast their ballot by mail ahead of the November election. Mail sorting machines are especially important this year to make sure ballots mailed in by North Carolinians arrive at local Boards of Elections on time.

Cal has spoken out a number of times on behalf of North Carolinians who have been hurt by DeJoy’s policies, calling for the Charlotte mail sorting machines to be restored immediately and standing with veterans who rely on the USPS for VA benefits and North Carolinians like Bonnie, whose niece and father depend on the postal service to deliver life saving medications. 

“It’s past time for Senator Tillis to do his job and push for Senate action to provide meaningful help to North Carolinians harmed by postal service cuts and delays,” said Kate Frauenfelder, a spokeswoman for Cal Cunningham’s campaign. “Instead of caving once again to Mitch McConnell and his donor, Louis DeJoy, Tillis needs to step up and fight for North Carolinians who rely on the postal service.”