Postmaster General Confirms All USPS Changes Will Be Paused Until After the General Election

Louis DeJoy, Postmaster General for the United States Postal Service (USPS), confirmed he would be pausing all operational changes until after the general election in November.

On Tuesday afternoon, DeJoy issued a statement with an explanation for the decision. Amid mounting scrutiny about the abrupt operational changes to the postal service, DeJoy noted that the decision was to avoid “even the appearance” of his directives having an impact on the upcoming election.

“To avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail, I am suspending these initiatives until after the election is concluded,” DeJoy said in a statement.

DeJoy also addressed a number of issues that have raised concerns for Americans nationwide.

He is ensuring post office hours of operation will not change, and mail processing equipment and blue collection boxes will stay in place. He also confirmed that no processing facilities will be shut down and overtime will be reinstated and paid to workers, as needed.

DeJoy’s latest statement comes amid heightened scrutiny from Democratic lawmakers. Over the last two months, USPS has undergone drastic changes that have impacted the lives of workers and Americans who utilize and depend on the postal service.

Photos have begun circulating showing mail processing equipment being removed from facilities across the United States.

Currently, mail delays have become so apparent, at least 20 states are reportedly planning to sue the postal service, according to The Washington Post.

United States Postal Service (USPS) mailboxes are stacked in a storage lot of a sandblasting and painting company in Hartford, Wisconsin, U.S., August 16, 2020. People who live nearby said the pile had grown noticeably larger in recent weeks. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

President Donald Trump also raised red flags on Thursday when he suggested that his refusal to bail out the postal service would be a means of prohibiting Democrats from “universal mail-in voting,” as previously reported on IJR.

“They want $25 billion for the post office. Now, they need that money in order to have the post office work so it could take all of these millions and millions of ballots,” Trump said.

He added, “Now, in the meantime, they aren’t getting there. By the way, those are just two items. But if they don’t get those two items, that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting, because they’re not equipped to have it.”

Shortly after Trump’s remarks aired on the Fox Business Network, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called for a hearing to investigate DeJoy’s handling of the postal service.

Despite the criticism DeJoy has faced, he noted his intentions for the post office in his statement.

“I came to the Postal Service to make changes to secure the success of this organization and its long-term sustainability,” DeJoy said in a statement. “I believe significant reforms are essential to that objective, and work toward those reforms will commence after the election.”

DeJoy is set to testify before the Republican-led Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Friday. Then, on Monday, he and USPS Board of Governors Chairman Robert Duncan will testify before the Democratic-led House Oversight Committee.

Responses

  1. Sometimes, the naked power grab is just too naked, and the villains pull their hands back. Don’t worry, little Trumpkins. Your boy and his flunky DeJoy doubtless have more tricks planned, more outrages to pull to choke the vote, before November 3rd.

  2. DeJoy went voluntarily when summoned.” I Ching

    I Ching is confused.

    DeJoy agreed to testify AFTER Congressman Jim Cooper threatened to have the Sgt At Arms have him arrested if he didn’t show up voluntarily. Funny that you didn’t mention that, huh?

  3. Did you know that Diane Feinstein’s husband sits on the board of the company that won a contract in 2012-13 to sell off post office equipment?
    Yep, wonder how he got that contract.
    Phoenix: Who was President in 2012 when a fellow Democrat was awarded that contract?
    Your beloved, never had a scandal, Obummer.
    So yes, it was going on during his administration.
    The gutting of the post office began decades ago.
    The equipment is being sold off because email has taken over how we communicate.
    About all the postal service handles now in “junk” mail.

  4. Screwtape – Obama admin was almost 4 years ago. You’re really going to blame him for this? Seriously? 🤣

    What was it about RIGHT NOW that prompted the Trump Admin to act on Obama admin appointees orders? Why are they suddenly in a rush? Oh right… elections where mail in ballots could be a deciding factor.

  5. dim Dave,
    ….and how many decades, like since the advent of the internet and rival services like UPS, FedEx, etc, has the USPS been failing?

    How many Congress critters and presidents have simply ignored the problems? Hmmm? $160B of unfunded debt did not happen overnight or over a few years.

  6. Trump knew before that the USPS was in trouble so he just put his “Patsy” in there to let it’s demise play out. Then when his appointee, who knows nothing about fixing it and get’s called to the carpet for it, is thrown to the wolves Trump says “I take no responsibility”….

  7. Here’s something Phil left out: DeJoy went voluntarily when summoned. It’s almost like the Dims had their knives out and he walked in armored with the knowledge that he was innocent.

    Hmm…the removal of sorting devices was ordered by his predecessor, Megan Brennan, an Obozo appointee and lifetime USPS union member.
    Also the GAO’s Inspector General noted that more than 12,000 mailboxes were removed during Obozo’s admin.

    Nope, nothing to see here except the legacies of Obozo’s failures blamed on others.

  8. “President Donald Trump also raised red flags on Thursday when he suggested that his refusal to bail out the postal service would be a means of prohibiting Democrats from ‘universal mail-in voting,’ as previously reported on IJR.”

    Wow! What a way to put words in his mouth! They left out the pertinent part – the part that clarified it.

    He said the Democrats aren’t getting money for the Post Office because they have it tied to bail-outs for Democrat-run cities that have been in financial trouble for years – long before Covid – and that they could get money for the Post Office if they dropped those bail-outs. But, since they won’t drop those bail-outs, he doesn’t know how they can afford to have all mail-in voting.

    Makes sense to me. Why have something in a bill that’s not related to the purpose of the bill? But then, why have the Post Office bail-out in a Covid bill? All three items, Post Office, Covid relief, and bail-outs for Democrat-run cities, should be in separate bills. That way, they could pass or fail on their merits, not on what some party insists on combining them with.

  9. Amazing what a summons to appear before the Senate and House committees will accomplish. I don’t care about the collection boxes. The focus should be on the reduction of the sorting machines. Fewer collection boxes isn’t what is slowing down the delivery of mail.

  10. Phoenix, he is 1,306 days into a 4 yr term. If less twitter and more coordination was going to occur, it would have happened by now.

  11. So let’s say he was just focused on his goal of making USPS great again and just didn’t realize the impacts of an upcoming election during a pandemic… where was the administration to REMIND him that some of this may need to wait?

    This goes back to leadership – specifically the complete lack of leadership from this administration. Perhaps a little less Twitter and a little more coordinating is needed.

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