U.S. Rep. Bill Foster decried the widespread delivery delays that U.S. Postal Service customers are experiencing.
Foster, D-Naperville, said in a statement these growing delays are “unacceptable.” He blamed the Trump administration arguing the problems are a “direct result” of its actions to weaken the Postal Service.
“These delays are especially dangerous for people who rely on USPS for timely delivery of lifesaving medications, and they are damaging to small businesses that use USPS to deliver goods to their customers,” Foster said in the statement.
The congressman also pointed to the potential affect the delays may have on the general election in which many more Americans will be relying on mail-in voting amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As we approach a national election in the midst of a pandemic, it is essential that voters can trust USPS to deliver mail-in ballots on time for people who want to exercise their right to vote from home while protecting themselves from exposure to COVID-19,” Foster said in the statement.
Ensuring the U.S. Postal Service has adequate resources to maintain timely delivery service has become another political battle as it’s facing a potential financial crisis even as demand rises.
“Every voter, regardless of political persuasion, should have confidence that their vote will be counted whether they choose to vote in-person or from home,” Foster said.
Foster joined other members of Congress in urging the postmaster general in a letter to alleviate delays.