Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich said he is unable to go on a hunger strike with a group of postal workers to “save” the United States Postal Service since he is a “vegan.” However, Kucinich stands in “moral support” of their efforts.
“I’m a vegan. I kind of am hungry all the time and I’m here in moral support of their efforts,” said Kucinich outside of the Capitol building Monday during a press conference he hosted with members of the National Association of Letter Carriers union.
“These are men and women who feel so strongly about the erosion of the postal service, about the dismantling of universal service that they’re ready to put themselves on the line. They ought to be supported and these are the people responsible for moving the commerce of the nation. They’re the people we count on every day.”
The organizers of the hunger strike, Communities and Postal Workers United and members of the National Association of Letter Carriers union, want the House of Representatives to pass H.R. 3591, the Postal Service Protection Act.
Kucinich said all Americans should support the hunger strike.
“These are the men and women that keep that system going,” he said of the postal workers.
“We ought it to them since they are serving the public to stand up for their efforts to keep the postal service going.”
In 2011 USPS posted a $5.1 billion loss and Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe recently announced that USPS has lost $3.2 billion so far this year.
“If we don’t do something about the costs of this organization, we are going to look… like Greece,” said Donahoe.
“People laugh when I say that, but it’s true.”
Despite this, Kucinich told The Daily Caller that the U.S. “cannot have privatization of a universal service without understanding that there will be whole neighborhoods that won’t get postal service anymore because it won’t be economically efficient.”
He added, “You’ll have rural areas — it’ll be cut off from service because it won’t be economically efficient.”