ST. PETERSBURG, Fla (WFLA) – Rep. Charlie Crist and Rep. Kathy Castor were in St. Petersburg on Tuesday to call for action to help protect the United States Postal Service (USPS).
The lawmakers were joined by members of the Tampa Area American Postal Workers Union, the Rural Letters Carriers Association, and the National Association of Letter Carriers at a press conference calling for the protection of the USPS. One of the speakers was a disabled veteran who relies on the postal service for receiving his medications.
The press conference comes amid growing concerns over mail delays and new reports of mailboxes being removed and mail-processing equipment being deactivated, all of which could slow the delivery of mail-in ballots, an issue crucial to this election given that mail-in ballots will be used by many due to the pandemic.
President Donald Trump has called the USPS “a joke” and said he opposed additional funds for the service, even though the money would be needed to help them deliver the influx of ballots.
On Tuesday, Castor called out the president, saying he and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy were responsible for a “scheme” to dismantle the USPS.
“And when [Trump] does that, he undermines our democracy,” Castor said. “It strikes right at the heart of who we are as Americans. And I’m afraid, if this continues, that he will successfully disenfranchise many Americans.”
“We are in the midst of a global health crisis,” Castor added. “It’s vitally important that we have a strong and secure United States Postal Service.”
“Maybe never in the history of our country has the post office been so important,” Crist said. “I believe this is outrageous for the administration to stand in the way of the delivery of the mail to the people of America.”
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