Protecting the Timely Delivery of Mail, Medicine, and Mail-in Ballots
Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, will hold a hybrid hearing with Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and Postal Service Board of Governors Chairman Robert M. Duncan regarding changes at the postal service under Mr. DeJoy’s leadership.
The hearing will examine operational and organizational changes at the Postal Service that have resulted in delivery delays across the country, including the delivery of critical medications, and the impact of these changes on the rights of eligible Americans to cast their votes through the mail in the November elections.
On August 18, 2020, Mr. DeJoy issued a statement suspending some of his recent changes, stating: “To avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail, I am suspending these initiatives until after the election is concluded.”
However, he refused to reinstate the sorting machines, mailboxes, and other infrastructure he ordered removed. It is also unclear whether other possible changes—including how the Postal Service will prioritize election mail—will continue.
Chairwoman Maloney introduced the Delivering for America Act, which now has more than 200 cosponsors. This critical legislation provides $25 billion supported by the Board of Governors appointed by President Trump to help the Postal Service operate effectively through the coronavirus crisis and returns delivery standards to levels prior to the Postmaster General’s recent damaging changes.