Senators pressure postal service over late delivery complaints


Four Senate Democrats have lobbied the United States Postal Service (USPS) over complaints about delivery delays since Postmaster General Louis DeJoy took over in June, as backlog could affect ballot count vote by mail in November.Meaning. Gary PetersGary Charles Peters Trump may have power, but he still doesn’t have a plan to tackle the 100-day pandemic: Democrats see clear path to Senate majority Hillicon Valley: Federal government warns hackers targeting infrastructure Twitter reviews exploring the subscription service | Bill would give subpoena power to DHS PLUS cyber agencies (D-Mich.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharGOP Triggers Backlash After Excluding Election Funds From COVID-19 Bill Hillicon Valley: Authorities Warn Hackers Targeting Critical Infrastructure | Twitter exploring the subscription service | Bill would give subpoena power to DHS cyber agencies Democratic senators call for a “deep and comprehensive” review of Google’s acquisition of Fitbit READ MORE (D-Minn.), Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperBarrasso on nuclear bill GOP’s latest push to boost uranium mining Lawmakers weigh on rise in telework as some agencies push federal workers back into office Senate report says Russian oligarchs escape US sanctions with large-scale art purchases MORE (D-Del.) Et Charles SchumerChuck SchumerLincoln Project Targets Senate Races in Alaska, Maine and Montana With Mr. Buy Pelosi, Schumer Says GOP’s Senate Coronavirus Bill “Sells Working Families” Hill – Featured by Facebook – Barr’s Showdown with House Democrats PLUS (DN.Y.) sent DeJoy a letter asking him to explain the new changes he implemented this month, saying he heard concerns from their constituents about the quality of service from USPS. They also criticized the Postmaster General for not responding to a letter Peters sent him earlier this month.

“It is essential that the Postal Service does not slow down mail or in any way compromise service for veterans, small businesses, rural communities, the elderly, and the millions of Americans who depend on the mail – including a significant number of people who will rely on the postal service. to exercise their right to vote, ”they wrote.

“However, your failure to provide Congress with relevant information about these recent changes or to clarify to postal workers the changes you have led as Postmaster General undermines public confidence and only increases fears that service compromises increase ahead of the elections and the mail volumes spike in November, ”they added.

Senators asked DeJoy to provide a full explanation of each change he implemented, provide a list of all fulfillment centers and post offices that have implemented operational changes, and clarify the effect. changes in service performance. They demanded a response by August 4.

The letter comes after reports surfaced earlier this month highlighting changes made by DeJoy that raised fears of delivery delays. Among other things, DeJoy told employees to leave mail at distribution centers if package delivery was delaying letter carriers on their routes, a move he championed as a cost-cutting measure.

The USPS finds itself in a deep financial hole, seeing its coffers draining in the age of email and social media.

“When making changes to postal service operations, you should carefully consider their service impacts, costs, and other factors in advance, and implement them in a clear and well-documented manner, with the cooperation of unions and major postal stakeholders, ”Senators wrote:“ It is unacceptable to implement broad, non-transparent changes that may slow down service during a pandemic, while the capacity of the postal service as a critical agency is already strained, ”wrote the senators.

The move prompted accusations that DeJoy, a North Carolina logistics official who has donated millions to Republican committees in recent years, is working as a political ally of President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump campaign cancels ad purchases to review messaging strategy: Nunes report refuses to respond if it received information from Ukrainian lawmaker intended to harm Biden Poll: plurality of ‘generation’ voters Z ”say they see more political announcements from Trump than from Biden.

Trump has cursed at postal ballots, arguing without evidence that they are particularly vulnerable to fraud and this week suggested that the Nov. 3 election be postponed.

A spokesperson for the Postal Service told Reuters that the agency “is taking immediate steps to increase operational efficiency by re-emphasizing existing plans that have been designed to provide fast and reliable service in the within current service standards ”.


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