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News Release | U.S. PIRG | COVID-19, Democracy

Statement: USPS decision to suspend service changes is a start

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced Tuesday that he is suspending operational changes he’d made to the United States Postal Service (USPS) until after the November presidential election. The recently implemented changes were designed to cut costs but have caused delays to mail service in many parts of the country. This development raised concerns that the USPS would not be able to deliver critical election mail on time.  In the statement, DeJoy also pledged that USPS retail hours will not change; mail processing equipment and blue collection boxes will remain where they are; and no mail processing facilities will be closed. However, he did not commit to reinstating previously made cuts to services.

News Release | Solid Waste

STATEMENT: Apple inches forward on expanded repair access

Today, Apple announced that it would be expanding its Independent Repair Provider (IRP) program to include computer repair. Previously, the program only covered cellphone and tablet repair. In response to the announcement, Nathan Proctor, U.S. PIRG Right to Repair Campaign Director, issued a statement. 

News Release | U.S. PIRG | COVID-19, Democracy

This week in COVID-19 voting news

U.S. PIRG and its state affiliates are working to make sure that every eligible American voter has the ability to participate in democracy, even during a pandemic. We’re calling on states to start preparing now to ensure safe elections in November, including emergency expansion of vote by mail, sanitized and socially distant polling places and other measures. This weekly update highlights the work we’re doing on the COVID-19 voting front, and other important developments in the news. 

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Financial Reform

Led by massive surge in credit reporting grievances, CFPB complaints set another record in July

For the fifth consecutive month, in July, a record number of consumers filed complaints with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), according to an analysis by U.S. PIRG and the Frontier Group. Complaints since the national onset of the COVID-19 pandemic (March-July 2020) are up 50 percent over the same five-month period in 2019.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Solid Waste

Congressional memo provides blueprint to reduce plastic pollution

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico and U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal of California circulated a memo Tuesday, with the help of U.S. PIRG and other, to state legislative offices around the country, encouraging lawmakers to draw from their Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act.

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