Protecting the Post Office and our Democracy

August 20, 2020
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Hi Friend,

I am on a mission to restore Americans’ faith in our government. From ending the corrupting influence of special interests in our politics to protecting our elections, I’m dropping in to tell you more about how I’ve been inspiring collaboration in Congress this week.

Protecting USPS (And Your Vote)



By now, you’ve probably heard about the deeply concerning attempts to undermine the USPS in advance of November’s elections. I’m meeting with Minnesota postal workers to sort out fact from fiction, and I’m headed to Washington this week to defend the USPS by passing the Delivering for America Act. Here’s my conversation on Meet the Press about why protecting USPS is essential for our health, our small businesses, and our democracy:


Inspiring Collaboration

While we’re in Washington later this week voting to save the USPS from ruin, I hope we’re able to reach an agreement on a COVID-19 relief package and save American families, businesses, schools, states, cities, and the Census from ruin too. That’s why I’m leading a bipartisan group of Problem Solvers in our own conversations with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. American votes, American lives, and American livelihoods depend on a Congress that can collaborate. We need to deliver relief, a secure election, and restore people’s faith in government - quickly. It won’t be easy or appreciated by those who cling to power, but it is possible.

Ending Corruption 

Lobby Disclosure Act


Lobbyists spent nearly $3.5 billion to influence our elected leaders last year, and we haven’t made meaningful updates to lobbying rules in more than a decade. That’s why I partnered with my friend and Republican colleague, Rep. Ben Cline, to write a bill that improves the Lobbying Disclosure Act by increasing transparency, modernizing data, and limiting the ability of former members of Congress to influence current members of Congress. As we continue to grapple with the response to the COVID-19 crisis, spending trillions of taxpayer dollars in the process, YOU deserve to know which interests are in the room.

Hearing From You  

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This is the most joyful job I’ve ever had because I get to meet so many extraordinary Minnesotans. Here’s a photo from a meeting I had
with Gillette Children’s Hospital this week.

 

I’m so grateful for your continued engagement, ideas, and even criticisms, as we work to build a better and brighter future, together. I’ll send another update next week, but in the meantime, here are a few ways to keep the conversation going:

Keep the faith and keep in touch,

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Dean Phillips
Member of Congress

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