Al Heggins calls for preservation of U.S. Postal Service and supports essential role during pandemic
SALISBURY, N.C.—Aug. 20, 2020—Medications, paychecks, debit cards, driver’s licenses, other legal documents and even birthday cards — that may be one of our only connections to family during COVID-19 — are at risk and being held hostage, all because political maneuverings have disrupted critical deliveries to residents.
Today, I’m calling for the preservation, restoration and protection of the U.S. Postal Service, an essential service guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution that is now under threat. Who would have thought that we would have to defend the U.S. Postal Service in 2020, just 74 days before an election when voting by mail and absentee ballot are more important than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The U.S. Postal Service provides a vital public service that is part of our nation’s core infrastructure. The Postal Service supports and sustains the functioning of all municipalities and counties, as well as small businesses and corporations across the country. In 2019, the USPS bought 579,000 tires for mail trucks and 750 million rubber bands — just two examples of the Postal Service as an economic engine.
I stand in solidarity with more than 600,000 essential postal workers nationwide, including more than 113,000 who are veterans, like myself. The Postal Service has provided an economic pathway to the middle class for generations of working Americans. During a pandemic, we should acknowledge our postal workers as heroes, not treat them like pawns.
In the past few weeks, mail sorting machines have been removed and dismantled. Corner mailboxes have been pulled up and carted away. While Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has agreed to stop implementing cuts until after the election, damage has already been done. Crucial equipment must be replaced. This is the time to increase the capacity and awareness of the USPS, not cripple this essential service, which would suppress votes in our upcoming election.
What has my opponent done to protect our mail, our election and our postal workers in the 76th? The U.S. Postal Service is just that — a service, not a business. It was never intended to generate a profit. If snow, rain, heat or gloom of night cannot stop the mail, the U.S. Postal Service should not be stopped by political shenanigans.
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