Congressman Robert Aderholt, R-Alabama, called the crisis at the U.S. Postal Service “concocted” and a “sham.” At the urging of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, Democrats passed a post office package to pump more money into the USPS and block reforms being implemented by the postmaster general.
“To call the past few weeks ‘eventful’ would be an understatement. It seems as though every day there is a new problem, a new group of protesters turning violent, and a newfound political attack lobbed by the mainstream media,” Aderholt told constituents in an email. “All of which adds to the general feeling of great frustration that is encompassing our nation.”
“As I am sure you have heard on the news, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is leading a charge to pump $25 billion into the pockets of the Postal Service,” Aderholt said. “Pelosi, along with Democratic leadership, wrote and passed a bill giving this lump sum to the USPS just a couple weeks ago. Now, you may be wondering what her reasoning is for doing this, and it’s hard to believe any other motive than to strike fear into the hearts of Americans and make them think the election will be riddled with fraud unless we bail out the USPS. To be clear, the facts just don’t line up with this narrative.”
“Pelosi’s scare tactic is ridiculous for several reasons,” Aderholt continued. “First of all, Democrats have been trying to bail out the Postal Service for years, and even at the start of this pandemic, Speaker Pelosi added a provision to one of the stimulus packages to bail out the debt of the USPS. Secondly, it has been widely reported and confirmed that the Postal Service has the funds to remain solvent and operational until August 2021, which blows to pieces her argument that it will collapse before November.”
“Finally, and most importantly, the Postal Service handles on average 471 million pieces of mail every single day,” Aderholt concluded. “If we assume that 130 million people mail in their ballots this year (more than the total number of votes cast in 2016), that will only be 28% of what the USPS handles in a single day. Let’s remember that mail in ballots will not all come in on one day, the process will take place over a matter of weeks, ultimately making the number significantly less for the Postal Service to handle on one given day. So, as you can see, this concocted problem made up by Nancy Pelosi is a sham. There is no truth in it whatsoever, and it is just a ploy the Democrats are using to try and bolster support for themselves before November. Unfortunately, they have decided to stoop as low as this to try and win votes.”
Aderholt is presently serving in his twelfth term representing Alabama’s 4th Congressional District.