Postmaster said to admit he imposed rules that would slow mail delivery
New United States Postmaster General Louis DeJoy admitted he was behind recently imposed rules that caused serious delays in mail delivery, according to the top Democrats in Congress, even though the Postal Service had played down the changes, which come as election officials expect mail to increase. -in the ballot papers in November
On July 13, two memos, obtained by the Washington post, circulated among postal service employees describing new policies designed to reduce costs at the risk of slowing mail delivery.
The memos describe “expectations and planWhich included eliminating overtime and leaving mail at distribution centers if it delayed letter carriers on their routes.
On July 22, Thomas Marshall, the General Counsel and Executive Vice President of the Postal Service, wrote a letter to the top Democrat on the Senate Committee on Postal Oversight, Sen Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Saying: ” No document should be characterized as “official postal service memoranda” “and that no” document originated from the headquarters of the postal service “.
But in a meeting Wednesday with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.), Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chief of Staff of the White House Mark Meadows, DeJoy acknowledged having instituted the new rules, said Schumer and Pelosi.
Democrats called on the Postal Service to overturn the rules and pushed for increased funding for the Postal Service in the coronavirus relief bill.
DeJoy, a major Trump donor and GOP fundraiser, was appointed Postmaster General in May despite lacking postal service experience. He donated $ 1.2 million to the Trump Victory Fund and was in charge of fundraising for the Republican National Convention. In a statement from July 13 to Washington post a USPS spokesperson said the agency “is developing a business plan to ensure that we will be financially stable and able to continue to provide reliable, affordable, safe and secure delivery of mail, packages and goods. ‘other communications’. The Postal Service has been in financial trouble for some time and ran an $ 8.8 billion deficit last year. In March, Congress approved a $ 10 billion line of credit for the postal service under the CARES Act.
70 330. This is the number of postal ballots disqualified in California primary election because they were not handed over to election officials on time, according to the Associated Press.
President Trump spent years making fun of the Postal Service, at one point call the service “a joke” and saying he should quadruple what he charges to ship a package.
According to a recent Morning Consult study, the U.S. Postal Service is ranked the most beloved brand in America.