US Reps. Kelly, Casten on the Postal Service, Democratic National Convention


Joe Biden is officially the Democratic Party’s nominee for president.

And for the first time, the party nominated its candidate in a remote roll-call vote, featuring images from all 50 states and seven territories.

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All this as the country struggles to control the coronavirus pandemic – and as controversy surrounds the U.S. Postal Service and the general election.

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly sits on the U.S. House Oversight committee. She’s a Democrat representing Illinois’ 2nd District, which includes parts of Chicago’s Far Southeast Side and southern suburbs.

The committee will hold a hearing on Monday with Postmaster General Louis DeJoy regarding recent changes implemented at USPS, which have since been suspended until after the election.

“I want to hear from him, where’s our mail?” Kelly said. “Why did he decide to do all of the things that he did?”

Kelly and U.S. Rep. Sean Casten, a Democrat representing the 6th District, which includes parts of Chicago’s northern and western suburbs, want to know more details on what will happen next.

“You can’t just stop the bad stuff you did,” Casten said. “You’ve gotta undo the bad stuff you did.”

On Saturday, Casten and Kelly will return to the House to vote on funding for the Postal Service.

“The $25 billion we put in the Hero’s Act which is stuck on (Sen. Mitch) McConnell’s desk and the $25 billion that we’re going to vote on this coming week, was the number requested by all of the Trump appointed directors of the USPS in order to address the higher cost that the post office has incurred as they have met their obligation to deliver mail during COVID,” Casten said.

Meanwhile, the leader of the Democratic Party in Illinois, House Speaker Michael Madigan, is embroiled in controversy amid alleged ties to a ComEd bribery scheme

“I’m not going to sit here right now and say that we should decide that someone is guilty for political reasons,” Casten said. “The allegations are extremely concerning. We should make sure we go through, find out what the truth is.”

If the allegations are true, Casten said Madigan should resign. Kelly agrees.

“If he is guilty I think that he should resign, and that’s my bottom line,” Kelly said. “But right now, to be honest, the number one thing I’m focused on is getting Joe Biden and Kamala Harris elected, flipping the Senate and helping the down ballot races.”

Kelly is confident that Harris would make a great vice president.

“She’s fierce. She’s intelligent,” Kelly said. “She brings diversity that we’ve never had before. She brings a certain kind of energy and a certain kind of twinkle and magic.”

Harris will speak Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention, alongside former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“I have so far been glued to this convention because it is such a nice reminder that for most of our history we’re a country where our presidents recognize that they represent all Americans,” Casten said. “Not just the ones who voted for him, not just the ones who share their views.”

Note: This story will be updated with video.


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