A message from Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley
As you may know, last week, the Senate passed the bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act, a key step to making sure the United States Postal Service continues to serve Oregonians and folks across the country for years to come. I have heard from thousands of you sharing your concerns and fears about the future of USPS. Folks rely on the Post Office to pay bills, receive important packages like medicine, run their businesses, and, in Oregon, to vote by mail. Delays in mail service are serious—they can leave people waiting on a needed Social Security Check or a life-saving prescription.
Passing the Postal Reform Act means Oregonians and folks across the country can breathe a sigh of relief—we’re guaranteeing Saturday delivery continues, and USPS can continue to provide some basic services outside of mail, including hunting and fishing licenses. Perhaps most importantly, it puts USPS on a stronger financial footing into the future so USPS can keep serving our communities for decades to come. This bill has been years in the making, and I’m proud to deliver support for this critical service to the good people of Oregon.
But our work is not done. There are still aspects of our Postal Service that need updates and restructuring. Folks may have seen that I spoke out against Postmaster Louis DeJoy’s decision to tie USPS to gas-powered mail delivery vehicles instead of moving toward an electric delivery fleet. It’s a shortsighted move in the face of climate chaos, and I know that many Oregonians are concerned with making sure we pursue bold climate action.
I’m also staying vigilant to protect our rural post offices. In Oregon, our rural post offices are the hubs of their communities, and the next-closest post office is usually a long drive away, sometimes over difficult or dangerous roads. Keeping our rural post offices open is key for small businesses, economic growth, and quality of life in small towns, and I’ll continue fighting to make sure Oregon’s rural post offices stay available to their communities for a long time to come.
We still have work to do, but let’s not lose sight of this important achievement. This is a key piece of legislation and a big win for the United States Postal Service. Next step: remove Louis DeJoy, and replace him with a Postmaster General who has the best interests of the agency and the planet in mind!
All my best,
Senator Jeff Merkley