Rep. Waters, Reps. Barragán & Gomez advocates for USPS

Congressman Rep. Jimmy Gomez (CA-34), Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) and Congresswoman Nannette Barragán (CA-44) stand in support of the United States Postal Service at their Los Angeles headquarters on Central Ave. on Aug. 27. (Kenneth Miller/Photo)

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) was joined by Rep. Nannette Barragán (CA-44) and Rep. Jimmy Gomez (CA-34) in a united message challenging the Trump Administration and vowing to fight for the United States Postal Service (USPS) and its employees on Aug. 17 at the USPS headquarters located on Central Ave. in Los Angeles.

The government agency, which is responsible for the nation’s mail delivery has been under siege by President Trump who has threatened to deny an essential $25 billion funding to the USPS. The president has falsely alleged that mail in balloting inspires fraud and would taint the Nov. 3 general election.

“For four years this president and his administration has undermined the civil service, the courts, the press, free speech, the rule of law, the armed forces and even our system of checks and balances, “ Waters

She accused Trump of infectecting nearly every sector of our society including the United States Postal Service, which Waters hailed as a cornerstone of American ingenuity and identity.

It is quite rare when more than one member of the House of Representatives gather for an event at the same time, which made this particular confab most unique and significant.

Barragán elected in 2016, serves as the Second-Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, is member of the Progressive Caucus and also serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security and was appointed to the exclusive House Committee on Energy and Commerce, becoming the first Latina in 10 years to hold a seat on this prestigious committee and only the second Latina ever to do so.

Gomez proudly serves an Assistant Whip in the 116th Congress and a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and the powerful House Committee on Ways and Means. He is also a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) and a Vice-Chair of the Future Forum.

Collectively their uniformity also demonstrated cohesive congressional influence and the ability to bring about solutions to the beleaguered USPS.

Waters accused Postmaster General Louis DeJoy of handicapping the USPS and attempting the rig the 2020 election. “He has personally donated more than
$1.2 million to the Trump Victory Fund and millions more to republican party causes and candidates.”

However, hours after the trio of local congressional members held their presser, DeJoy moved to halt changes that were viewed as a threat to mail-in voting, but the outcry over his leadership as postmaster general continues.

Following the national Democratic Convention, Speaker Nancy Pelosi will ordered the U.S. House of Representatives to reconvene on Aug. 22nd to vote on the Delivering for America Act which would prevent DeJoy from implementing any changes to operations or service standards that existed on January 1, 2020, until the COVID-19 pandemic has ended.

In the meantime the representatives said their constituents have been lodging complaints regarding the lack of service from USPS. Local USPS workers and representatives alleged that the stench of rotting food from mail trucks, the removal of mailboxes are among the increasing concerns.

“I want this president and I want his lackey to get those blue boxes back in our neighborhoods,” Waters demanded.


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