Rush Joins Democratic Members of Illinois Delegation in Urging U.S. Postmaster to Address Delays in Letter, Parcel Delivery in Illinois
CHICAGO – Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) joined U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and thirteen Democratic members of the Illinois Congressional delegation in urging U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to take immediate action to correct recent operational changes, including the elimination of overtime and a reduction in mail sorting and processing hours, which have led to significant delays in the delivery of letters and packages to Illinoisans. In their letter, Rep. Rush and the lawmakers emphasized the damaging effects the delayed packages are causing, such as preventing Illinoisans from receiving lifesaving medications in a timely manner.
“As stay at home orders and social distancing have been implemented in Illinois and across the country to control the spread of COVID-19, the prompt delivery of vital medications, home health equipment, and goods has become increasingly important. In recent months, USPS has seen an increase in parcel volume anywhere from 20 percent to over 80 percent compared to pre-pandemic levels. Limiting processing hours and overtime when the timely home delivery of medication, medical equipment, and other goods is more important than ever to help limit the spread of the Coronavirus is simply irresponsible,” wrote the lawmakers.
On July 21, 2020, Rep. Rush hosted a telephone town hall meeting on mail services in the 1st Congressional district, with 3,500 constituents participating. Of the nearly 700 participants who responded to polls conducted during the call, 40 percent stated they had not received mail for at least a week; 11 percent stated they had not received mail for two weeks; and 9 percent claim to have not received mail for three weeks or more.
A copy of the letter can be found here.