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RALEIGH, NC — In recent weeks, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a donor to Senator Thom Tillis, has restructured the postal system in a way that has led to delays and crippling backlogs in the postal service, impacting North Carolina families who rely on USPS for timely delivery of prescriptions, unemployment checks, absentee ballots, and other essentials. Tillis has said nothing about the cuts, even as some of his Republican colleagues have urged the postal service to reverse the changes. Senator Tillis, who missed a Veterans’ Affairs committee hearing to attend a fundraiser at DeJoy’s home, is once again caving to his donors and too weak to stand up to his own party, even as it threatens our state.
“Cuts to the postal service hurt North Carolinians, especially veterans and those who live in rural communities across the state and rely on the USPS to deliver critical items, like prescriptions,” said Cal Cunningham. “Instead of caving to his party and his donors, it’s time for Thom Tillis to actually listen to the people of North Carolina and speak out against these harmful actions.”
A News & Observer editorial from this morning noted that: “DeJoy’s hobbling of the postal system is a special concern to North Carolina, which has the nation’s second largest rural population. In many small towns out of the reach of private delivery services, residents and businesses rely on the post office for delivery of products purchased online, medicines, and bills along with cards and letters.”
In April, Cal Cunningham expressed concern about the administration’s threats to block aid to the postal service, highlighting the critical role the USPS plays in getting North Carolinians the essentials they need: “Thom Tillis needs to speak out against this threat to North Carolinians’ pocketbooks and take steps to bolster our Postal Service without hiking costs.”
Now, cuts to the USPS are also affecting North Carolina’s military communities. The Department of Veterans Affairs relies on the USPS to send prescriptions to more than 330,000 veterans, and this service is especially vital to veterans in rural communities or remote areas not close to a VA medical facility. Recent reports found that the mismanagement of the Postal Service has caused delays in these prescriptions. The Postal Service is also one of the largest employers of veterans in the country, giving more than 97,000 veterans jobs.