Schuylkill County’s Representative in Congress has tested positive for COVID-19.
U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser (PA-9) made the announcement via press release on Saturday, the same as a vote is expected on HR 8015, opposing major changes within the US Postal Service.
Meuser Tests Positive for COVID-19
In his statement, Mesuer says, “As your member of Congress, I wanted to inform you that, very unfortunately, I tested positive for COVID-19.”
Rather than be at today’s vote in Washington DC, Meuser says he’s working from home until he gets a negative test result.
“I have been following all CDC health and safety guidelines, and will be taking all necessary actions, including postponing upcoming public events and working from home in quarantine. I am thankful to God that my grown children were not at home and that my wife Shelley has tested negative.”
Meuser represents Pennsylvania’s 9th District in the US House of Representatives. The 9th includes all of Schuylkill County as well as the counties of Carbon, Columbia, Lebanon, and Montour. It also includes parts of Berks, Luzerne, and Northumberland counties.
USPS Protest in Pottsville
Earlier this week, Schuylkill County Democrats staged a protest outside Meuser’s office in Pottsville. They were opposing proposed changes to the US Postal Service that they and fellow Democrats believe are an attempt by President Donald Trump to undermine the General Election in November.
Meuser has rejected that claim. And although he won’t be in Washington to vote today, he said Saturday, “I will submit for the record that I would have voted ‘NAY.’ I will always support a strong, effective post office. They should be provided the resources they need to perform at a high level of excellence. In response to pandemic-related challenges, Congress provided the agency with a $10 billion loan through the CARES Act.”
He adds that the Democrats argument on this topic is not based in reality.
“To date, the USPS has not yet seen the need to access this lending authority to fund its operations. In spite of COVID-19 related setbacks affecting all private and public sector operations, the Postmaster General has assured the American public that the USPS is fully capable of delivering the nation’s election mail on time and that any changes in operations at the agency have been suspended until after the election. Calls from Democrats to direct $25 billion to the USPS are not reflective of the data or the reality of the situation,” Meuser adds.
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