Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Postmaster General’s Leadership and Conflicts of Interest

Sep 11, 2020
Press Release

Washington D.C. (Sept. 11, 2020)—On Monday, September 14, 2020, at 12:00 p.m. E.T, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, will hold a hearing to examine Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s potential conflicts of interest and evaluate how his continued leadership could jeopardize the Postal Service and the mail-in voting process for the 2020 election. 

 

DeJoy’s short tenure has been marked by controversy and poor service, with actions that appear in line with his financial interests and contrary to the interests of the Postal Service, mailers, recipients, and voters.  Notably, DeJoy still holds tens of millions of dollars in stocks in companies that would benefit from the privatization of the Postal Service.

 

On the precipice of a national election that will require unprecedented reliance on mail to deliver ballots because of the coronavirus pandemic, the public deserves a non-partisan Postal Service that it can trust.  Instead, internal documents released by the Committee and a Senate Staff Report show dramatic mail delays since the start of DeJoy’s tenure—including delays in prescription drugs—raising serious concerns about the prioritization of mail-in ballots.

 

When DeJoy testified at a Committee hearing in August, he reversed his testimony and admitted to communicating with Trump campaign affiliates.

 

DeJoy also denied under oath using bonuses to reimburse employees at his former company, New Breed Logistics, for donating to Republicans.  Less than two weeks later, the Washington Post published reports from five former employees that they were encouraged to donate or attend GOP fundraisers and would be reimbursed for their contributions.

 

WHAT:  

 

Subcommittee on Government Operations Hearing on “Postal Update”

 

WHEN:

Monday, September 14, 2020, at 12:00 p.m. E.T.

 

WHO:    

 

S. David Fineman
Former Chairman
United States Postal Service Board of Governors

 

Richard W. Painter
S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law
University of Minnesota Law School
Former Chief White House Ethics Lawyer and Associate Counsel to the President 2005-2007

 

Lisa Graves
Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief
True North Research

 

Ann M. Ravel
Former Federal Election Commission Chair and CA Fair Political Practices Chair
Adjunct Professor at UC Berkeley Law

 

Michael Plunkett (minority witness)
President and CEO
Association for Postal Commerce (Postcom)

 

WATCH:

A livestream will be available on YouTube and the Committee on Oversight and Reform website.

 

MEDIA

 

Please note that strict adherence to the Attending Physician’s Guidelines is required for all participants attending in person.  Pursuant to these guidelines, “face coverings are REQUIRED” in the hearing room.  In addition, the hearing room has been reconfigured “in accordance with social distancing guidelines.” 

 

Seating in the hearing room is extremely limited and as a result, credentialed media must RSVP to their respective Press Gallery no later than 5 p.m. ET September 13, 2020.

 

For more information, please contact the Gallery:  

 

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Photographer Gallery:           Press_Photo@saa.senate.gov            202-224-6548

 

 

 

116th Congress