AOC Wants to Hook You Up With a Pen Pal to Help Fund the USPS


By Araceli Cruz

August 17, 2020

“We would do all the work of connecting you with somebody else,” the New York City congresswoman said to her followers.

As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls on the House of Representatives to figure out a plan on how to fund the United States Postal Service (USPS), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has come up with a crafty idea to raise funds for the federal agency. 

Last night, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez used to her Instagram page to bring attention to the financial issues plaguing the USPS, which were brought on by President Donald Trump who refuses to fund the agency amid the pandemic woes. 

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“I have been thinking about ways to help you, help the post office, and I think I’ve got an idea, and I’m interested in hearing your thoughts,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez asked her six million Instagram followers. 

“One of the best ways to support the post office is to buy stamps. What do you all think, would you guys be down and excited if I set up a national progressive pen pal program. We would do all the work of connecting you with somebody else. We could offer some conversation prompts, postcard prompts, and even a printable postcard format, and you just send it out. Would you guys be down? Do you like that idea?”

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An estimated 94% of her followers said they would support the idea of not just buying stamps but taking part in Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s pen pal program. 

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez also added that in her more official capacity, as a member of the Oversight Committee, she will be taking part in an emergency hearing on Aug. 24 to examine the recent sweeping changes and their impact on mail-in voting. The hearing was called on by Oversight Committee Chair Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and will include the testimony of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. 

“[I] will head back to Washington to question the Postmaster myself, in person,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez commented on Instagram. 

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Trump has been making unfounded and incorrect statements about the USPS for years, starting when he said the agency was losing money by delivering Amazon packages — which has been proven to be wrong. But now that he is trailing in the polls, the President has started attacking the mail service by pushing false and unfounded theories about mail-in voter fraud. While the USPS has been facing multi-billion deficits for years, the pandemic has made the situation worse, and the




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