PHOENIX – In a rare session, the House convened to pass a bill that would stop the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) from disrupting mail service and hampering the November elections. The House-passed bill would infuse $25 billion into the agency as it prepares for a surge in mail-in ballots. This weekend’s bill passed with more than two dozen Republicans joining Democrats. However, Arizona Republican Congresswoman Debbie Lesko was not among them.
It’s hardly surprising. Lesko has been voting against the best interests of Arizonans for months now including voting no on almost every COVID-19 relief bill. In recent days, Lesko has mischaracterized the ongoing issues with USPS as political theater.
The facts speak for themselves. U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s destructive changes at USPS have had dangerous ramifications for the country, including Arizona.
Hundreds of thousands of Arizona votes are at risk if mail gets delayed this November. At least three mail sorting machines have been taken out of service at the Phoenix Processing and Distribution facility on Van Buren Street. And Arizona veterans have been impacted as the Department of Veterans Affairs was forced to find alternative ways to ship mail-order prescriptions for patients whose medication is delivered by the USPS.
“Arizona families are hurting. But instead of standing up for them, Rep. Lesko seems content with voting down COVID-19 relief legislation and throwing up smokescreens over this administration’s sabotage of the U.S. Postal Service,” said Matt Grodsky, Arizona Democratic Party spokesman, “Lesko has let her constituents down. Arizonans in CD8 deserve the steady leadership of Michael Muscato who will put them first in Washington.”