The debate over the challenges faced by the United States Postal Service and how to solve them roils on. From funding cuts to concerns over mail-in voting options, there’s much at stake for the future of the service.

This hour, our guests discuss the history of the USPS, the sources of its financial trouble, its role in American democracy, and what’s next. Our guests:

  • Richard John, professor of history and communications at Columbia University, and author of “Spreading the News: The American Postal System from Franklin to Morse”
  • James O’Rourke, teaching professor of management and organization at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business
  • Kenny Montgomery, president of Branch 210 of the National Association of Letter Carriers
  • Tianna Mañon, freelance journalist and owner of Mañon Media Management

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New York state is suing President Donald Trump and the head of the U.S. Postal Service over recent policy changes that Attorney General Letitia James said Tuesday would unconstitutionally limit access to this year’s elections for those who plan to vote by mail.

In a lawsuit filed in Washington, D.C., three states and two major cities, including New York City, sought to reverse those changes, including cutbacks to mail service capacity.

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Protesters are expected to gather Saturday morning at U.S. post offices around Monroe County in part of a nationwide call to action to safeguard the postal service.

The rallies are set for 11 a.m. at the post offices on Jefferson Road and West Main Street

The aim is to call on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to resign in the wake of mail slowdowns, and urge Congress to protect the integrity of the post office ahead of the presidential election.

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Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York) urged the Trump administration and Congress to negotiate a new coronavirus relief bill and provide emergency funds to the United States Postal Service. 

During a stop in Rochester on Thursday, the Senate Minority Leader said that without $25 billion in emergency funding, vital mail delivery of medications, paychecks, and mail-in ballots would be compromised.

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer introduced a bill Monday that would compel the U.S. Postal Service to allow veterans’ groups to solicit donations on post office property.

Joe Jakus, commander of a local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter, the Rice-Hallock Post in Henrietta, said he had not seen a need for the legislation until the postal service started enforcing a decades-old rule that bars any solicitation on post office property.