- THIS WEEK: AUGUST 21, 2020 -

Hill Headlines

House to Vote on Bill to Support the Postal Service The House will vote this Saturday on the Delivering for America Act, which prohibits the United States Postal Service (USPS) from implementing any changes to operations or level of service it had in place on January 1, 2020. This proposed legislation would bar the USPS from implementing any changes to operations or level of service, closure or consolidation of any post office or reduction in hours, and would allow for overtime. The vote will include a $25 billion funding boost for the Postal Service.
Legislative Updates
Hearing on USPS Oversight  The House Committee on Oversight & Reform announced a hearing with Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on August 24th. The hearing is a response to a recent USPS memo regarding the organizational changes, hiring freeze, early retirements, and regional downscaling.
Senate GOP “Skinny” COVID-19 Relief Package Senate Republicans have circulated a smaller version of their COVID-19 relief package. The bill would provide $300 a week in unemployment benefits, funding for schools, and $10 billion in funding for the Postal Service.  The bill, which has not been formally released, does not include stimulus checks included in the Republican proposed HEALS Act.

Letter Sent to FBI Calling for Investigation on USPS Representatives Ted Lieu (D-CA-33) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY-8) sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to evaluate if the Postmaster General DeJoy or Members of the Board of Governors of the USPS had committed any crimes in light of delays and operational issues with the Post Service.
Upcoming Webinars

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Poligon is offering our Congressional Advocacy 101 training on Tuesday, August 25th at 4 PM (EDT) so you can learn the basics of how to engage with your representatives and amplify your voice in the policymaking process from the comfort of your own home. Click here to register for the virtual training!

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Poligon, along with other partners like the American Muslim Health Professionals, is offering a healthcare focused virtual training on Wednesday, August 26th at 4 PM (EDT). This advanced congressional training will go into detail on how to take your advocacy to the next level through strategies such as media efforts, coalition building, and non-legislative tools including Congressional briefings and hearings. Click here to register for the virtual training!

Further Reading

Top Dem says FBI is prioritizing Trump-sought investigations | Politico | August 18, 2020

Democrats press leadership to vote Saturday on $600 unemployment insurance | The Hill | August 18, 2020

Hill Buzz

On the Postal Service:

“Our Postal Service should not become an instrument of partisan politics, but instead must be protected as a neutral, independent entity that focuses on one thing and one thing only—delivering the mail.  Millions of people rely on the Postal Service every day to communicate, to access critical medications, and to vote."

— Representative Carolyn Maloney

“We have again made clear to the Administration that we are willing to resume negotiations once they start to take this process seriously. The lives and livelihoods of the American people, as well as the life of our democracy, are at stake.“

— Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy

Take Action

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It’s the August recess! It's the perfect time to contact your representative and make your voice heard on issues that matter to YOU! Poligon has created a toolkit to provide you with everything you need to get started. The toolkit includes guidance on how you can speak with your Member of Congress about repealing the Muslim ban, police reform, COVID-19 relief, and protecting protesters. 
Click here to download Poligon's 2020 August Recess Advocacy Toolkit!

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The House will vote this Saturday on the Delivering for America Act, which prohibits the USPS from implementing any changes to operations it had in place on January 1, 2020 and includes a $25 billion in funding for the Postal Service. We need your voice: Tell your Representative to provide support to the Postal Service! Send your Representative a letter urging him or her to pass the Delivering for America Act and protect the Postal Service.

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