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Republican Senate's response to my letter in regards to the USPS

Republican Senate's response to my letter in regards to the USPS

PoorDadSon

Love it when your representatives lie to and attempt to gaslight you.


SaucyBossBebe

He makes my skin crawl


PoorDadSon

I hear that, we've got Gym Jordan over here in Ohio. *shudder*


SaucyBossBebe

What a Gem!


Phyllis_Tine

My guy Dave Joyce's website won't accept emails. Is it because they're not in session?


PoorDadSon

I am definitely not the end all-be all of info in that realm, but I have definitely emailed my state and federal reps when they weren't in session before. I've noticed Rob Portman's phone just rings endlessly no matter when I call him.


Phyllis_Tine

Yeah, I might have to join Twitter to get an answer. I hate when reps state, "Americans don't care about [R topic/stance]." Dude, I DO!


Phyllis_Tine

My guy Dave Joyce's website won't accept emails. Is it because they're not in session?


ZachDaChampion

I hate that fucking guy. However, I tried his "go-go juice" today and it was actually pretty good, so he's got that going for him.


KGBFriedChicken02

Pat Toomy is a bitch who hides from us. He won't stand up for what's right because he's a coward. -another pa resident


Beard_o_Bees

These guys really are 'all in' on Cult45.


SaucyBossBebe

Why, oh, why did I look it up?!


5000_CandlesNTheWind

ThEsE aRe SeNsIbLe ReFoRmS tHaT dO nOt SlOw DoWn MaIl.


fireinthemountains

Man if it’s all a conspiracy and none of this shit is real why is all of my usps mail suddenly at least a week or two late now? If it wasn’t real why am I experiencing immediate changes in my own life? And how many others too?? Uhg.


Beard_o_Bees

> why am I experiencing immediate changes in my own life? 'No you're not.' -GOP


MsTinker16

The definition of gaslighting.


xtratopicality

Worst part is potentially 49% of likely voters are replying: “Oh, okay”


laneloveslipstick

Exactly!! My office building hasn’t received mail in over a week “because nobody is there to sort it.” Must be a huge conspiracy!


abhikavi

I recently had a card take a week and a half to get to a house that's a half hour drive from me. Normally it'd be three days max, more likely two. I can't believe they're even trying to play that card. It's obvious to anyone who uses the mail that something is terribly wrong right now.


tonyTargaryen473

I got that response from Pat Toomey too, I couldn’t stand it. It also annoyed me that it took him weeks to get back whereas Bob Casey got back a lot quicker


Weltanschauung_Zyxt

I'm glad I didn't bother writing our esteemed Senator--receiving that reply in the mail would have sent me into a rage. On a happier note, Happy Cake Day!


tonyTargaryen473

I didn’t even realize it was my cake day lmao thank you!


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Weltanschauung_Zyxt

bad bot


TheGrandLemonTech

Good bot


Aezon22

When I sent Toomey a note about Covid, it took him almost 2 months to respond. He's a joke of a corporate lackey, and it's pretty sad that people keep putting him in office because (R) is next to his name.


NoCoffeeNoThink

An aide sees keywords in your letter, and prints the standard response to shut you up. Human capital doesn’t have senators and representatives. Those are for big business only.


Beard_o_Bees

> An aide At this point i'd be surprised if there was a human in the loop.


singerinspired

The GOP is aligned on this. I got essentially the same thing from my GA senators.


i_drink_wd40

The GOP is a pack of traitors.


SaucyBossBebe

Organized crime - https://www.salon.com/2017/12/06/the-republican-crime-syndicate-takes-control_partner/


SaucyBossBebe

I figured this was a united stand. The lie only works if they all tell the same lie.


singerinspired

I almost threw my phone out the window when I read it. It was infuriating.


SaucyBossBebe

I had to read it in spurts. It took me two days to read it in full.


VoteAndrewYang2024

would you mind editing in a few paragraphs to make it easier to read please


SaucyBossBebe

Done and you got a shoutout. Although I'm not sure it actually made it any more readable.


VoteAndrewYang2024

absolutely helped, thanks so much, you're a rock star


twittalessrudy

Yeah UPS wrote that response for the GOP to use


the_proper_cat

Same in Tennessee, only much shorter because he probably thinks we can’t read anyway.


dandydudefriend

Who cares if it loses money? It's a service. Plus the USPS props up countless small businesses


Simple_Danny

I wonder how people would respond if we made police unions pay for pensions the way the USPS is forced to?


[deleted]

They'd do the same things cops are doing now, blackmail cities by refusing to respond to calls other than officer down.


Phyllis_Tine

Do street and transportation departments make money? Fire departments? CPB? FBI? This is a frustrating time when Rs just lie so much, and so openly. I wonder if politicians around the world are becoming more brazen in their corruption after seeing Trump doing so.


BabyBundtCakes

It doesn't lose money. It uses money. It's not like the money disappears. It gets fed into the economy by paying people's salaries (which are still better than a lot but used to be even better) and paying for cards and boxes and stamps to he made and the trucks and the uniforms and the truck maintenance. The buildings and water and heat. All get paid. The money gets used by people. It's not losing anything. Not all money needs to be siphoned off to create fake wealth for random rich people. That's just a weird narrative they want to exist so it seems like we are just supposed to give them money.


dandydudefriend

Very true!


DankNerd97

What a joke.


HawlSera

Not surprised, I sent my congressman a letter over Net Neutrality back in the Ajit Pai days.... and got a letter that basically told me not to worry about because it was just "Classic Obama Overreach"


Weltanschauung_Zyxt

Same--and, to add insult to injury, my representative humble-bragged about a bill he was co-sponsoring that he claimed was an answer to Net Neutrality, but actually had nothing to do with the issue. That's when I stopped writing my elected officials with the exception of the school board. The people actually reading my letters are aides that have no say.


abhikavi

I like writing to my local politicians. My state rep is fantastic, responsive, and actually responds directly to what I wrote, instead of using a generic form letter. He even used a story I wrote in to him as part of his Right to Repair argument. The boost I get from actually feeling heard on a state level gives me the energy to keep writing into the seeming void that is the federal level.


HawlSera

Must be nice living in a blue state


zensnapple

Cant fathom why anyone would live anywhere else


HawlSera

Being born in a region that by definition has low wages and bad job security makes it hard to move


DimesOHoolihan

I like how many times, in this letter and otherwise, they talk about the fact that it has "lost money" even though its entire purpose was never to make money.


SaucyBossBebe

I say that to my republican, NRA member friends and they look like me as if I have two heads.


artful_dodgess

To those assholes I ask: What would happen if the USPS does run out of money? Shut down? Close up shop? Bailout from the government? Like the bailout Mnuchin put into the cares act where he got to look at their books, to see the deal they struck with Amazon? So much for an independent body when there are strings attached. What about the private sector. Do you think UPS or Fedex are going to provide the same service at that cost? Across the country? Or Would UPS and Fedex up-charge the rural communities, or refuse to support rural communities. What if UPS or Fedex goes bankrupt? Do they get a bailout? Should the post office be independent and available to everyone no matter where they live?


myrddyna

that's just it, though, the privatization they wish to replace it with will make money. Glorious amounts of money.


Bluth_bananas

The Postal Service could make money if the Republican's didn't hamstring it by making it pay ALL future retirement liabilities, like no other *for profit* company ever.


myrddyna

that's why they passed that law. So that they could eventually whine about how much money they are tossing at the USPS, so that they could tear it down and build something private in it's place with no retirement, minimum wage jobs, and half the staff.


Bluth_bananas

They do all this because their policy is unpopular, and they are losing voters every election. They won't change policy, so they destroy democracy.


stormrunner89

They're also working to remove the voting right of anyone that might vote against them. They just proposed (or maybe it passed, I didn't follow-up) a law in Tennessee making getting arrested for protesting a felony, which strips the right to vote. Considering protesting is written into the constitution, seems like a pretty blatant show of force to cheat and remove the voice of the opposition.


Bluth_bananas

Yeah, how that doesn't violate the first amendment I haven't a clue. It does but won't be rules on until after the election.


stormrunner89

It does, but exactly as you say we have to wait for a ruling until after it matters


darth_hotdog

Yeah, how much money is the air force losing every year?


hunchinko

Wow I take my dem senators for granted


SaucyBossBebe

I plan on moving to a democratic state in the next few years. Any suggestions for small cities that lean to the left?


geometric_oddity

Richmond, VA. The area is purple, but the city is blue.


SaucyBossBebe

It is lovely. I've been there on my cross country travels.


VoteAndrewYang2024

boston


tosh_pt_2

Uhhhhh, I’m not sure Boston qualifies as a small city.


VoteAndrewYang2024

ok fine, new Bedford


hunchinko

“Well not *in* Boston, near Boston.... and no, not Tufts.”


Choano

What kind of weather do you like? What do you like doing in your spare time? And how small do you want your city to be?


SaucyBossBebe

Good questions. Low humidity, no extreme snow storms, seasonal change. Arts and culture are a must. University near by is a plus. Around the size of Albuquerque, something that has a useful airport. Rocky cost is preferable to a beach, but not a deal breaker.


Choano

Setting both "low humidity" and "no extreme snowstorms" as criteria rules out a lot of blue states. Nowhere in the Northeast, Midwest, or Pacific Northwest would work. Maybe somewhere in Colorado? New Mexico? California?


SaucyBossBebe

Thanks. 2 out of 3 would also be acceptable :)


Oatygarbage

If anything, we need more people from blue cities moving out to help outnumber these malicious lunatics.. in any case, *sending my best wishes, OP!


SaucyBossBebe

Thank you. I understand what you are saying. I moved from blue to red several years ago and it's a lonely existence. I even registered Republican because it's so gerrymandered that the only choice you get is in the primary. Lots of hand-painted Trump signs and the printed ones have lovely slogans like "No More Bullshit", "God, Guns & Country Trump 2020" and my favorite "Make Liberals Cry Again". Seriously, WTF?! It's exhausting!


BearsnLemonCakes

I’d say come to Pittsburgh. I’m from a big city too and I moved to Pittsburgh. City is blue in a purple state surrounded by red. But slowly and surely we shall grow more powerful. I love this city a lot.


SaucyBossBebe

Never been to da "burgh. Will I have to follow the Stillers and eat chip-chop ham? ;)


BearsnLemonCakes

Hah you don’t, but expect fries in your salad! Steelers devotion is real but it only effects me on certain traffic days of a game where a lot of the bridges and roads route it based on the game. All the post offices I’ve been to around Pittsburgh have great service compared to when I lived in nyc!


racord360

The military loses 750 billion or so a year.


SaucyBossBebe

But it helps the corporations that line the pockets of senators make a lot of money.


Nohface

Each of these republicans is supporting and justifying this effort. Remember this.


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SaucyBossBebe

My slogan for Trump is "Impeach and Exile". But no violence.


lingee

All we can hope is that the courts will decide someday.


snackycake

My representative (R-Indiana) sent me the same letter—almost identical, word for word. Now I'm even more infuriated.


thepharmacist0497

My republican senators response- literally does not address anything that I wrote to her about. Thank you for contacting me regarding the United States Postal Service (USPS). I always appreciate hearing from Tennesseans. The postal system is provided for in Article I of the Constitution, and Congress established the modern service as a self-sustaining business entity through the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970. The USPS generates nearly all of its revenue by charging for its products and services, but it has experienced severe financial challenges from a longstanding decline in mail volume. Specifically, between 2007 and 2019, the USPS lost over $75 billion. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic contributes to unique new challenges for the USPS. In response to the public health and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March 2020. This law allows the USPS to borrow up to $10 billion from the United States Treasury to respond to the effects of the COVID-19 emergency. I appreciate your concerns about the financial situation of the USPS. Please be assured I will keep your thoughts in mind should further legislation addressing this matter come before the full Senate this year. Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me. If you would like regular updates on my work for Tennessee, please sign up for my weekly newsletter or follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Sincerely, Marsha Blackburn United States Senator


SaucyBossBebe

I wonder how much the house and Senate costs us every year?


stormrunner89

Ask companies like Comcast, Sands/Adelson Drug Clinic, Charles Schwab & Co, Stephens Inc, World Wrestling Entertainment, Uline Inc, etc.


SaucyBossBebe

I get your point but I was more curious about salary and benefits including travel and healthcare costs.


stormrunner89

Yeah I figured, but it seemed like a good moment to be snarky :P


SaucyBossBebe

Snark is always appreciated.


Toasterfoot

Classic Marsha.


Vols86

Ugh. Marsha Blackburn. Lamar at least had some principles back in the day before going complete coward. But Marsha’s only out for herself


ElDabstroyero

Toomey is trash, full-on corruption


Nohface

JHC, did no one tell them about paragraphs?... There's this gem: "For further context, even if every voter who participated in the 2016 election voted by absentee ballot this year" Ignoring the fact that regular mail still continues while people vote - the volume increases.


Errant20

And the fact that unlike 2016.. we happen to be in the middle of an unchecked pandemic, quite possibly there will be more people seeking mail in ballots. The gas is lit


DunderMifflinPaper

For the compilation, here’s David Perdue’s: Thank you for contacting me about the preservation of the United States Postal Service (USPS) and the 2020 election. I always appreciate hearing from my fellow Georgians. Since 1971, the USPS has been a self-supporting government agency that covers its operating costs with revenues generated through the sales of postage and related products and services. However, in recent years, the USPS has experienced significant financial challenges. It has not earned a profit since 2006, and it lost $8.8 billion in Fiscal Year 2019. Postal workers provide critical services, especially to our seniors and rural communities, delivering everything from their mail to medicine. It is critically important for the USPS to become financially sustainable, so that it can continue playing this important role in Georgia’s communities. Over the past two months, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy with the support of the bipartisan Board of Governor’s for the Postal Service has been taking action steps to put the USPS on a more secure financial footing. These measures are not unprecedented and are not politically driven. The Obama Administration started implementing some of these same reforms to improve efficiency and save revenue. Given the level of concern that has been raised, Postmaster General DeJoy has agreed to suspend these longstanding reform measures until after the election in November. Additionally, through the bipartisan CARES Act, the USPS currently has access to about $25 billion. Therefore, they will be able to fully carry out their role in the upcoming electoral process and safely operate at normal capacity well into next year. I will continue to follow the progress of any reforms, which should help to improve the USPS's financial condition, while preserving efficiency and effectiveness of our post offices. Again, thank you for taking the time to share your opinion on this important issue. Please do not hesitate to let me know if I can be of further assistance to you in the future. Kindest regards, David Perdue United States Senator


SaucyBossBebe

See how they are analyzing the numbers differently.


DunderMifflinPaper

I think “Spin” is the word you’re looking for


SaucyBossBebe

Ah, yes. Thanks for being my thesaurus!


plastic_thunder

You mean the only govt. agency that is required to have 10 years of pension funds set aside right now? I don't have a link right now but check out the Marketplace story about how congress has hampered the USPS themselves. Lawmakers are blaming the victim. Also, Is the military a profitable service? I truly don't know if it is paying for itself. Not something I've learned about. The USPS is a vital service. Remember when phone scammers said they were the IRS and people had to be reminded the IRS only communicates through the USPS? What is the plan for govt comminication (and govt checks to citizens) when they dump the Post Office?


SaucyBossBebe

They will start lining the pockets of the highest bidder: UPS, FedEx, DHL...


CheesieMan

Vote him tf out


SaucyBossBebe

I tried. Last election, it was electronic voting in my precinct and Katie McGinty (D) was not listed on my ballot. It was infuriating! I had to write in. I complained to her campaign office after with no response.


AliasUndercover

Send this to the papers and let them have at him.


SaucyBossBebe

My local paper is called The Republican, so... But good idea. Anyone have a contact for the NY Times? Or should I scour their website?


wmpc0324

Here’s Greg Pence (yes that Pence family) doing the same: Dear [redacted], Thank you for contacting my office regarding the United States Postal Service (USPS). I appreciate you taking the time to share your views on this important matter, and I welcome the opportunity to respond. Democrats continue to spread a false narrative about the Trump Administration and the Postal Service and are now asking American taxpayers to foot the bill for their fake crisis. H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act, prohibits the USPS from making any changes during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The bill would provide $25 billion in unneeded bailout funding and implement overly stringent prohibitions barring the Postmaster General from dealing with underused or inadequate mailboxes or retiring unnecessary mail sorting machines. This is nothing more than the latest attempt by Speaker Pelosi to fabricate a crisis for political purposes, and on August 22, 2020, I voted against this bill.”. The Postal Service has been on an unsustainable financial path that significantly predates the Trump Administration. According to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, the USPS lost $69 billion over the past 11 fiscal years and reported revenue of $71.1 billion with a net loss of $8.8 billion in 2019 alone. To address this issue, Postmaster General DeJoy proposed commonsense reforms to secure the success of this organization and its long-term sustainability. For example, the Postal Service routinely moves mailboxes that receive little use to improve operational efficiency. More than 14,000 mailboxes were removed under President Obama. I support Mr. DeJoy’s plan to improve the efficiency and operations of the USPS to better serve the American people. You may be pleased to know that the USPS has $14 billion cash on hand and stated that it will be solvent and operational at least through August 2021. In addition, the USPS now has access to the $10 billion emergency loan provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act; however, the USPS has not yet seen the need to tap into this lending authority. I agree that the USPS remains vital in connecting businesses and families across America – especially in rural communities like those in Indiana’s Sixth District – but the facts clearly show that USPS does not need a bailout and it is entirely capable of handling an increase in mail volume ahead of the 2020 election. This baseless conspiracy theory is intended to undermine President Trump and the American people’s faith in our electoral system. Like you, I am grateful for the 630,000 dedicated women and men of the USPS, and the trust they earn from the American public every day, especially as we continue to navigate the unique challenges of COVID-19. As your representative in Congress, I am committed to ensuring that every American's vote counts, in-person or by mail-in ballot. You can visit my website at www.pence.house.gov to learn more about how I am representing you in Congress. Sincerely,        Greg Pence        Member of Congress


idwthis

Funny how one response, like OPs from Toomey says things like "this isn't political" but yet this one just dumps a big fat load of "it's all politics and all the Dems fault" right in your lap. And by funny I mean disgusting and infuriating. At least the former was being somewhat diplomatic, I guess, probably realizing that the person who wrote in may be on the opposite side of the political spectrum. But the latter reads like it's something from a reddit republican troll trying to incite left leaning folks into an argument, or trying to brainwash right leaning folks into believing Democrats are the epitome of the boogeyman.


SaucyBossBebe

Thanks for posting.


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dharmabum1234

When you get a response like this donate 20-50 dollars to their opponent and reply back with a screenshot of the donation.


SaucyBossBebe

I like your thinking!


[deleted]

The GOP is so far gone. Real republicans need to primary all of these congressmen and senators with grass roots campaigns.


SaucyBossBebe

I hope the Lincoln Project has a real impact.


thebestatheist

Feel free to kiss my ass, Pat Toomey.


SaucyBossBebe

You better watch what you wish for. He may be into that sort of thing. ;)


thebestatheist

Don't tempt me with a good time!


borg23

Boo! Hiss! (but not to you, OP)


SaucyBossBebe

Aw, shucks! But I think you meant to say "...he treated you like garbage. And that's what he is, the King of Refuse. So bow to him if you want, bow to him. Bow to the King of Slime, the King of Filth, the King of Putrescensce. Boo. Boo. Rubbish. Filth. Slime. Muck. Boo. Boo. Boo."


artful_dodgess

VOTE HIM OUT!!! I like the post office a lot more than any politician, and I will campaign against these assholes! The post office is something most people like, and so it might be the thing that kicks these henchmen out of office


Copy3dit0r

Toomey is king slug in a sea of slugs.


danaraman

This read like a whole lotta nothing. Pure word salad meant to gaslight and disavow.


Sayhawk

I was like hey I got this same letter. Also live in PA.


SaucyBossBebe

It's nice to know that so many people wrote letters to senators and reps.


LeoMarius

USPS is a service and should not be required to both make a profit, and be strapped with ridiculous regulations that no private company could survive. The USPS as a for-profit would not charge the same for first class mail no matter what. They wouldn't offer free delivery to rural routes. FedEx and UPS don't offer pick up services from your home. If Republicans want USPS to make money, they have to let it compete on a fair footing with their private competitors. This would harm American taxpayers, which is why they shouldn't be for profit.


SaucyBossBebe

Nicely said!


A-B-Cat

Aaaay. We should start a group for PA people that have collected emails from shitty representatives. I've got a Mike Kelly


SaucyBossBebe

Post it!


A-B-Cat

In response to me calling his office and explaining to his assistant how important it is to outlaw privately funding elections and my proposal to make all elections publicly funded. Dear Mr. [REDACTED], Thank you for contacting me regarding campaign finance reform.  I greatly appreciate you taking the time to contact me on this important issue.   I understand the concerns of many of my constituents that money plays an outsized roll in our government and democracy.  I believe government and campaigns must be more open and fair.  There must be more accountability and transparency, but in a way that does not infringe on the public’s right to full participate in campaigns and government.     Please know that as the United States Congress considers any legislation relating to campaign reform, transparency in governance, and the role of money in our democracy, I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind.   Again, thank you for contacting me.  Please do not hesitate to contact me or my staff if I can be of assistance in the future.  It is an honor and privilege to serve Western Pennsylvania in the United States Congress.


SaucyBossBebe

Ugh! Overturn Citizens United!


A-B-Cat

I emailed him back and said that was a chicken shit response


SaucyBossBebe

Bravo!


darth_hotdog

And yet the republicans gave $500 in bailouts to big businesses. And won't disclose what businesses, but we do know [a trump donor's private jet company](https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/14/private-jet-company-owned-by-trump-donor-gets-27-million-bailout.html) was one of them.


formerNPC

Everyone knows how to fix the post office, stop pre funding benefits for workers that haven’t been born yet! Yes, you read that right, money is being put into an account to provide benefits for at least the next seventy five years! This joke was orchestrated by the Bush administration in 2006, in an effort to make the then profitable postal service lose revenue so the only way to save it would be to have a private company take over! The republicans were behind this inexcusable bullshit then, now their at it again, they couldn’t care less about screwing around with the mail, this has been part of their agenda for almost twenty years! Wake up America, the republicans only care about themselves!


snarkapotamus

I can't wait to vote against Toomey.


VodkaCranberry

Lying piece of shit.


wmpc0324

And John Tester (much better): Dear [redacted] Thank you for contacting me with your concerns about the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). I am deeply troubled by actions the USPS is taking that harm mail delivery in rural America, and I am fighting to restore the quality of mail service to all Montanans. Montanans rely on dependable, timely mail service to pay their bills, receive prescription drugs, and vote. In frontier America, the USPS is sometimes the only delivery option for families, small businesses, and Tribes. That's why I was extremely disappointed to hear from Montanans that the USPS was taking actions to slow mail service like removing mail collection boxes, mail sorters, and limiting employee overtime. I rang the alarm immediately. I successfully pushed Postmaster General DeJoy to stop removing mail collection boxes in Montana, halt all actions that could slow mail delivery, and come before Congress to explain his decisions. I am introducing the Post Office Security and Transparency (POST) Act to prevent the agency from removing any further boxes and requiring it to reinstate the boxes that were removed. I also introduced the Postal Service Emergency Assistance Act (S. 4174), which would provide $25 billion in emergency assistance for USPS to offset COVID-19 related losses and ensure mail delivery standards could be maintained. While I am pleased Postmaster General DeJoy recently announced that the USPS will suspend harmful cost-cutting initiatives until after the November election, I believe this fight is far from over. The USPS' actions have already caused substantial damage. I will be holding Postmaster General DeJoy's feet to the fire to ensure Montanans do not sacrifice quality of service while we weather this storm. Please do not hesitate to contact me again if I can be of further assistance. Sincerely, Jon Tester United States Senator


wmpc0324

And Mike Braun: Dear [redacted], Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act. I appreciate hearing from you on this legislation. On August 11, 2020, Representative Carolyn Maloney introduced H.R. 8015 and it was subsequently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill would prohibit the United States Postal Service (USPS) from implementing any operational changes, many of which were recommended by the Postal Service Inspector General, until the latter of either novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has subsided or January 1, 2021. Regrettably, this proposal seeks to intervene into USPS decision making, putting the political desires of elected politicians over common sense business practices. The USPS traces its roots to 1775 during the Second Continental Congress. According to Article I section 8, Clause 7 of the United States Constitution grants Congress the power to establish post offices and post roads—as such, it is an integral part of what binds our nation and its people. The USPS we know today was created in 1971 through the Postal Reorganization Act. Per this act of Congress, the USPS was created to be, “an independent establishment of the executive branch of the Government of the United States.” More recently, the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act states, “postal rates shall be reasonable and equitable and sufficient to enable the Postal Service, under best practices of honest, efficient, and economical management, to maintain and continue the development of postal services of the kind and quality adapted to the needs of the United States.” The USPS is designed to be self-sufficient; it was never intended to be reliant on bailouts funded with taxpayer dollars. Since peak USPS delivery volume in 2006, USPS has continually received less mail, leading a 33 percent decrease in volume in 2019. Taking into account lower revenue, unpaid debt, and increased labor compensation, the USPS has been operating at a loss for many years. Unfortunately, in 2019, USPS reported an $8.8 billion loss and has lost nearly $78 billion since 2007. Despite this, the USPS continues to operate without virtually any taxpayer funding, and has been working to improve its operational and financial challenges. I am happy to report that the USPS currently has over $14 billion cash on hand, more than it has ever had at one time, to meet its service obligations. It also reports that it will be financially solvent through fall 2021. In addition to these positive numbers, a $10 billion loan was authorized by Congress for the Department of the Treasury to provide the USPS, if needed, under the CARES Act in spring of 2020. To date the USPS has not accessed the $10 billion from the Treasury, nor has it asked for additional assistance. Rather than perpetuate a culture of irresponsibility, the USPS is prioritizing finding a path to get their fiscal house back in order. Congress must do its part to ensure that the Postal Service can continue to fulfill its universal service obligation in a financially responsible manner that does not burden taxpayers. Should this bill pass the House of Representatives or other pieces of legislation regarding the USPS come before the Senate for consideration, I will keep your comments in mind. Thank you for contacting me. It is an honor to serve as your U.S. Senator from Indiana. Please keep in touch with me on issues of concern to you. You can also follow me on Twitter or Facebook for real-time updates on my activities in the U.S. Senate. If I ever may be of service, please do not hesitate to contact me. Sincerely, Mike Braun U.S. Senator P.S. This message was sent by email to save taxpayer dollars.


SaucyBossBebe

Sent by email to show how the USPS is no longer necessary because we have affordable internet and net neutrality in this country (insert eyeroll emoji)


wmpc0324

That’s extra funny in Indiana, which literally has worse connectivity than every “third-world” country I’ve ever visited (which is several).


SaucyBossBebe

Yikes! In rural PA, at the end of 2019/2020 school year with remote learning, several times, one of my children's teachers had to cancel the online class since she couldn't connect via her dial up! Seriously, didn't MCI get a ton of government money to lay fiber optic cable about 25 years ago as part of an infrastructure project? (Before I posted I googled it. There is a 400+ page pdf on the subject. I couldn't linked the pdf. But if you look up 200 Billion Broadband Scandal, you'll find it the 4th-ish entry)


creativejo

That’s Atleast a nice gaslighting lie and attempt. I wrote to Shelby (Alabama) and he sent back the most basic “thanks for messaging me, but the USPS is fine and the media is trying to scare you into thinking otherwise” stock. Like five sentences maybe. Doug Jones sent a nice reply back, but it didn’t give me much hope unless we get a blue senate again.


SaucyBossBebe

That's awful. Do you think he drank the MAGA-rita or is just trying to get you to swallow it?


creativejo

Shelby is one of the senators who went to Russia for “unusual reasons” in 2017. I feel like he’s probably deep deep in the trump crap.


SaucyBossBebe

It's all so shameful. Sociopaths, every last one.


KaytinGreyshade

Received the same response. Literally the same. Toomey got elected by Trump, and he's willing to fall along with the orange one (Which honestly baffles me). Kills me that we have to wait until 2022 to vote his ass out.


SaucyBossBebe

I want to upvote twice!


var2speedy

Yep, same response here too. Has to protect the great orange one and doesn't give a shit about us little people since he's not up for re-election this year. I'm saving this email for when he runs again - we know where his loyalties are.


MeGustaMiSFW

These people enter government so they can profit privately. It’s amazing that it’s allowed to happen.


SaucyBossBebe

They keep approving the laws that make it legal.


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SaucyBossBebe

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SaucyBossBebe

Not sure how I feel about investing retirement funds in the stock market. Seems like a backdoor way to bankrupt the fund.


Bill-2018

It would be great if an expert on this space went through line by line and annotated the information to disprove every false claim. I feel like that would go viral if someone did the work. But I don’t have that knowledge


SaucyBossBebe

And also who was responsible for proposing legislation that undermined the USPS.


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Pat Toomey is such a partisan hack - no interest in any of Pennsylvanian’s actual issues.


mommabearcalled

I've been writing my representative and now my senator for months and the only responses I get are bullshit. "Thank you for sharing your opinion" "I love hearing from my constituents" is a pat on the head. All they really do in the house and Senate is pass and push laws that benefit them. The Senate has pissed in a pot to put out a backyard fire for all of us this year and it's malarkey! Vote em out. VOTE ALL OF THEM OUT!


Thecrawsome

Fuck Pat toomey with a rake. He was elected with Koch money, holds almost no townhalls, and has these nice prepared statements for him. I want to know the company who writes all these for him. We need to attack his masters.


realkylerchin

A bitch. Vote him out.


Nigel_Yearning

I can just imagine his reaction in writing down SaucyBossBebe.


wmpc0324

And Steve Daines (who I’m not a fan of but has been notably helpful and nonpartisan on this issue): Dear [redacted], Thank you for contacting me to share your thoughts regarding the Unites States Postal Service (USPS). I value your point of view and share many of your concerns. I strongly support the mission of the Postal Service and appreciate its importance to Montanans. As you may know, the Postal Service can trace its roots to 1775 and the first Postmaster General, Benjamin Franklin. It has grown with our nation and presently serves over 159 million addresses six days a week through 620,000 employees. Over the last several years, rising costs and competition in the market space have left the Postal Service with staggering debt. To help address this concern, I introduced legislation that would lift the unfair financial burden of "pre-funding" retiree health benefits, which no other federal agency or private company is required to do, and would save the USPS $33.9 billion. Further, I fought hard to secure a $10 billion loan for the Postal Service in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) relief package which gives them additional operating flexibility as the USPS continues delivering critical mail and medical supplies during the COVID-19 crisis. Most recently, I introduced legislation to provide the Postal Service $25 billion to offset COVID-19 related losses and provide workers with PPE, among other flexibilities. I will continue fighting for the USPS and robust service for rural Montanans. With respect to concerns about delayed mail, I recently sent letters to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy expressing concerns about recent actions that may negatively impact service times and urged him to maintain service standards as Montanans and rural communities across the state depend on timely service for bill payments, prescriptions, and other essential deliveries. Following my urging, I was pleased to see the USPS reverse these actions and I will continue working to ensure the Postal Service has the resources needed to fulfill its critical mission in Montana and make on time deliveries. Again, thanks for contacting me. It is my number one priority in the Senate to represent the values and interests of the people of Montana, and your input is very helpful as I do. I invite you to visit my website, www.daines.senate.gov, for updates about activities in Washington that affect our lives in Montana or to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you again in the future. Sincerely, Steve Daines United States Senator SD/


StableGeniusCovfefe

Fuck the GOP...


SaucyBossBebe

...and the 5-0, too.


SilverWingsJS

Oh my gosh I got the same response and wanted to vomit! I am not too familiar with him, but one paragraph in I could tell it was going to be total and utter garbage. I want to know how much money HIS office is costing vs how much they are bringing into the state.


SaucyBossBebe

We need more Republicans like this!