MIL-OSI USA: Hoyer Remarks at Press Event to Kick Off the Bipartisan Protect Our Letter Carriers Act

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Steny H Hoyer (MD-05)

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) delivered the following remarks today at a press event hosted by Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), Rep. Greg Landsman (OH-01), and the National Association of Letter Carriers to kick off the bipartisan Protect Our Letter Carriers Act. The legislation aims to combat the nationwide surge of robberies and assaults targeting letter carriers. Below is a transcript of his remarks:

“I want to thank the members of organized labor, not just the letter carriers, but the members of organized labor who I want middle America – working men and women of America – to know whether you were a member of a union or not, they helped you. They made a difference in your pay, your benefits, and your security.

“Thank you, [Congressman] Brian [Fitzpatrick], [Congressman] Greg [Landsman] and [Congressman] Don [Norcross], thank you for your leadership. Now, the reason I want to say something different, because it hasn’t been said yet, but needs to be said. On this Capitol on January 6, [2021], […] we saw an assault on some folks, largely in uniform. And we have said in the past that if you attack somebody with that uniform on, it’s going to be a higher penalty. Why? Because it’s not just an attack on that individual – it’s an attack on America, on American citizens, and on the way we do business in America.

“These gentlemen and ladies who are wearing t-shirts – says NALC, National Association of Letter Carriers – they represent America. They represent our government. They represent a service to America. And that is why this legislation is so important, to say it’s not just an attack on their person – that’s bad enough and you deserve the maximum penalty – but if you attack a widow’s ability to get a Social Security check, that’s an attack on America. If you attack somebody who’s getting their retirement check, that’s an attack on America. And so this legislation says, this is a critical service for the people.

“And if you attack that service and that person – Matt or Ryan – if you attack them, you attack us as a country. That’s why that penalty ought to be greater, not because their individual lives are worth – that policeman’s life is worth more than that citizen’s life. That’s not the case. It is what they represent that is so critically important.

“So, I’m very pleased to be here with my Leader, Mr. Jeffries, with three of my dear, dear colleagues – one’s a Republican, two are Democrats. This is not a partisan issue. This is about America, not Republicans and Democrats. This is about all of you, whatever party you may be a member, […] that we want to make sure that the integrity of that service founded in 1775 – now that was before 1776 – is preserved and protected and the people who make it work are protected and if you violate them, you violate all of us and will serve the maximum penalty that is available under law.

“I’m for this legislation.”