Assemblymember Gloria Leads Effort to Protect the U.S. Postal Service

Monday, August 17, 2020

Gloria, Berman, Colleagues Urge Congressional Leaders to Stop Trump Administration’s Interference with U.S. Postal Service

SACRAMENTO, CA – California State Assemblymembers Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) and Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) are leading an effort in the California Legislature to urge Congressional leaders to stop President Donald Trump’s interference with the U.S. Postal Service. This comes amid reports of the Trump Administration holding up funding for the Postal Service in a seeming effort to impact the November election.

The President’s actions are a transparent effort to undermine our democracy,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “Now more than ever, we must stand against this threat to our democracy and protect the United States Postal Service to ensure the vote of every American is counted in this upcoming election.”

California is a model for safeguarding and expanding the right to vote during a global health pandemic, and I’m proud to have authored legislation to allow ballots postmarked on or before Election Day to be counted up to 17 days after the Election,” said Assemblymember Marc Berman, chair of the Assembly’s Committee on Elections and Redistricting. “We made that change out of concern that the COVID-19 pandemic might interfere with mail delivery in the fall. We never anticipated that the interference would come from the President of the United States and his handpicked Postmaster General, who are trying to disenfranchise Americans and steal the election in broad daylight.”

In the letter penned by Assemblymembers Gloria and Berman and signed by 52 of their Assembly colleagues, the lawmakers call on California’s congressional delegation to immediately intervene and shield the U.S. Postal Service. The letter also outlines steps California has taken to ensure safe and fair elections, and encourages other states to adopt similar election protection provisions. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently announced plans to reconvene the House of Representatives this week to pass legislation relative to the Postal Service.

The signed letter can be accessed here.

Letter to Congressional Delegation re US Postal Service.pdf