Chairwoman Maloney Issues Statement on Trump Administration Postmaster General’s Continued Efforts to Degrade Postal Operations

Aug 8, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (Aug. 8, 2020)—Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, issued the following statement in response to continued efforts by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to degrade the operations and structure of the Postal Service:

 

“The drastic changes to the Postal Service by an overtly partisan Postmaster General are another example of the President’s attempts to prevent millions of Americans from having their votes counted.  These changes were made without sufficient consultation with experts or Members of Congress and are inappropriate this close to the Presidential election, especially since we are in a pandemic and expect a historic number of Americans to vote by mail.  The House recently passed my amendment to prevent the Postal Service from making these significant changes to its operations, and now the Senate must swiftly do the same.”

 

Background:

 

On July 20, 2020, Chairwoman Maloney, Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Gerald E. Connolly, National Security Subcommittee Chairman Stephen F. Lynch, and Committee Member Brenda Lawrence, sent a letter to the Postmaster General regarding documents that appeared to outline operational changes to the Postal Service.

 

On July 22, 2020, the Postal Service responded to the Committee by stating that these changes had not, “originated from Postal Service Headquarters” and “should not be treated as official statements on Postal Service policy.”

 

On July 31, 2020, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 7617, which included an amendment offered by Chairwoman Maloney, to stop the new Postmaster General’s drastic changes to the Postal Service from being implemented and maintain the mail service Americans deserve.

 

On Aug. 6, 2020, Chairwoman Maloney and Representative Peter King led 84 of their colleagues on a bipartisan letter to the Postmaster General expressing deep concerns about operational changes at the Postal Service that could have negative impacts on service standards and cause significant delays in mail delivery.

 

On August 7, 2020, Chairwoman Maloney, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Homeland Security and Government Affairs Ranking Member Gary C. Peters, Government Operations Subcommittee Chairwoman Gerald E. Connolly, National Security Subcommittee Chairman Stephen F. Lynch, Senator Thomas R. Carper, Senator Ron Wyden, Senator Tina Smith, and Oversight Committee Member Brenda Lawrence sent a letter to the Postal Service Inspector General asking for an audit into the operational changes taking place at the Postal Service under new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

 

On September 17, 2020, Chairwoman Maloney will hold a hearing with the Postmaster General, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. A livestream will be available on the Committee website.

 

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