The Washington Post reports:
The head of the U.S. Postal Service acknowledged in a meeting with top Democrats that he instituted new policies restricting overtime and extra mail processing trips, moves that the agency previously downplayed and that postal workers say have caused mail backlogs, according to a letter released Thursday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.).
Pelosi and Schumer met with Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Wednesday to discuss reports of those delays, which have reverberated through this year’s primaries by slowing the delivery of absentee ballots. Internal Postal Service documents obtained by The Washington Post show that postal employees have been barred from working overtime hours and instructed to leave mail behind if it is processed late.
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NEW: Top Democrats say postmaster general acknowledged new policies that workers say are delay mail
In a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, Schumer & Pelosi say DeJoy admitted in their meeting to barring overtime + extra trips to prevent delays.https://t.co/c4AguDivaJ
— Jacob Bogage (@jacobbogage) August 6, 2020
Schumer and Pelosi call on postmaster general to reverse postal service changes https://t.co/m1JHfwZOc8
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 6, 2020
Amid concerns that election mail could be delayed for political purposes, the Postmaster General tells the board of governors this morning that he will not slow down election mail or any other mail. He also said he will not act “based on any partisanship.” via @jessicadean
— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) August 7, 2020
The U.S. Postal Service can’t slow down mail to millions of Americans. And Postmaster DeJoy’s failure to provide Congress with information about changes undermines public trust. As we approach the election, the impact & timing of these changes are unacceptable. We need answers.
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) August 7, 2020