Schakowsky: US Postal Service Should Reverse Changes


Joe Biden formally accepts the Democratic nomination for president Thursday night at the DNC.

This caps off a convention that has seen blistering criticism of President Donald Trump, a show of Democratic and Republican support for Biden, and an emphasis on the emergence of women leaders like Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris.

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The convention comes as lawmakers prepare to vote on emergency relief for the embattled U.S. Postal Service.

“We have evidence that the postal workers are saying that they are taking away the sorting machines still and mailboxes are still disappearing,” said U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a Democrat who represents the 9th Congressional district, which includes parts of Chicago’s North Side and northern suburbs.

Schakowsky said she wants a complete reversal of what Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has done and go back to the post office’s rules of January 2020. However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said DeJoy told her he has no intention of restoring removed blue mailboxes or sorting equipment and has no plans for employee overtime.

Meanwhile, Wednesday night at the DNC, Pelosi emphasized the importance of women getting involved in politics—by winning seats and also by voting.

“When women succeed, Americans succeed and so we are unleashing the power of women to take our rightful place in our national life by championing a woman’s right to choose and defending Roe v. Wade, securing safe and affordable childcare, preserving social security and passing equal pay for equal work,” Pelosi said.

Schakowsky said this push toward more women in politics will bring the white, suburban women who voted for Trump to the Democratic side. She added that, as Kamala Harris said in her DNC speech Wednesday night, women are able to recognize Trump as a “predator.”

“We lost white women last time, Hillary Clinton did, and I don’t think that’s going to happen again,” Schakowsky said.

More locally, the leader of the Democratic Party in Illinois, House Speaker Michael Madigan, is deep in a controversy involving alleged ties to a ComEd bribery scheme. Schakowsky said she wasn’t going to comment on it, and that there are too many races in Illinois to be concerned about.

“It should not interfere with the convention and all of the work that have to do in Illinois because we want to expand our majority in the house,” Schakowsky said.

Note: This story will be updated with video.


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