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Democrats name for Postal chief to testify earlier than Congress

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U.S. Postmaster Basic Louis Dejoy arrives at a gathering on the workplace of Speaker of the Home Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on the U.S. Capitol August 5, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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The Home Oversight Committee may have an emergency listening to on Aug. 24 to handle mail supply delays and fears that the Trump administration is interfering with the U.S. Postal Service with the intention to affect voting within the November presidential election. 

Home Democrats on Sunday referred to as on Postmaster Basic Louis DeJoy and Postal Service board of governors Chairman Robert M. Duncan to testify on the upcoming listening to. A number of Home Democrats beforehand referred to as for the subpoena of DeJoy, an ally of President Trump who they allege is purposely creating issues with the Postal Service to undermine the election. 

“The postmaster normal and high Postal Service management should reply to the Congress and the American individuals as to why they’re pushing these harmful new insurance policies that threaten to silence the voices of thousands and thousands, simply months earlier than the election,” Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Home Oversight Chair Carolyn B. Maloney D-N.Y., Senate Minority Chief Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.,and Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich. wrote in a press release on Sunday. 

Since starting his function in June, DeJoy carried out a slew of main modifications to the Submit Workplace, together with a transfer to ban time beyond regulation, curbing late journeys for mail carriers that guarantee on-time supply and altering management inside the company. These modifications have raised concern that the supply of important medical prescriptions and Social Safety checks might face delays. 

The Postal Service is eradicating a whole lot of mail-processing machines throughout the nation and has warned 46 states that it could not have the ability to course of all mail-in ballots in time to be counted for the election, seemingly disqualifying votes. 

President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed with out proof that voting by mail through the coronavirus pandemic will result in widespread voter fraud. Trump recommended final week that he doesn’t help billions of {dollars} for the Postal Service as a result of he opposes mail-in voting. Democrats, together with former President Barack Obama, have accused Trump of making an attempt to suppress the vote as he trails nominee Joe Biden within the polls. 

Protesters in Washington D.C. referred to as for the resignation of DeJoy over the weekend, with greater than 100 individuals gathering outdoors his residence. The Postal Service’s inspector normal has launched an investigation into the complaints Democrats have raised in opposition to DeJoy. 

 

“Your testimony is especially pressing given the troubling inflow of studies of widespread delays at postal services throughout the nation — in addition to President Trump’s express admission final week that he has been blocking important coronavirus funding for the Postal Service with the intention to impair mail-in voting efforts for the upcoming elections in November,” Maloney wrote within the letter on Sunday addressed to DeJoy. 

In an interview on CNN on Sunday morning, White Home Chief of Workers Mark Meadows mentioned he’s open to a standalone invoice that funds the Postal Service because the company grapples with a rise in mail voting, a press release at odds with Trump’s feedback final week that he may help extra funding solely by way of a broader stimulus bundle. 

Meadows additionally mentioned the Postal Service is not going to take away extra mail-sorting machines between now and the November election: “Sorting machines between now and Election Day is not going to be taken off line,” he mentioned. 

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