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Senate Democrats call on USPS governing board to undo mail changes — and remove DeJoy if necessary

By Tony Romm
August 17, 2020

Top Senate Democrats have set their sights on the little-known board that oversees the U.S. Postal Service, urging it to undo the postmaster general’s controversial policies out of concern they have “endangered” Americans.

The call for action came Monday from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.) and five other Democratic senators. They urged the Postal Service’s Board of Governors to rein in Postmaster General Louis DeJoy by canceling his recent policies — including a crackdown on overtime — that postal workers say have caused mail delivery and processing slowdowns. The senators raised the prospect that the watchdog body could remove DeJoy from his post outright if he chooses not to cooperate.

“It is critical that you act immediately to address efforts by President Trump and Mr. DeJoy to sabotage the Postal Service,” the Democrats wrote, adding the board needed to act swiftly to ensure Americans receive their prescriptions, ballots and other critical mail on time.

The Board of Governors includes nine members appointed by the president, and confirmed by the Senate, who have the task of selecting the nation’s postmaster general and overseeing the USPS. Trump has filled six of the nine slots, and all but one of them is a Republican.

Warren and other Democrats contend in their letter that DeJoy had “undermine[d] the mission of the Postal Service,” and in response, they said its board has the “authority and responsibility to act.”

“It is time to use your full power and authority on behalf of the Postal Service, the American people, and the ‘public interest’ you are required to represent,” added the collection of lawmakers, including Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).

A spokesman for USPS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Senate Democrats call on USPS governing board to undo mail changes — and remove DeJoy if necessary




Good for them.

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The Postmaster General just backed down, but Democrats must keep up pressure

Greg Sargent
August 18, 2020

Because the crush of President Trump’s corruption and wrongdoing has been so relentless, it often can seem like media scrutiny and congressional oversight have been reduced to nothing more than dead letters.

But in the case of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s operational changes to the U.S. Postal Service, the scrutiny might actually be having a real impact:

“The U.S. Postal Service will halt its controversial cost-cutting initiatives until after the election — canceling service reductions, reinstating overtime hours and ceasing the removal of mail-sorting machines and public collection boxes, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced in a statement Tuesday.”

The declaration comes as lawmakers prepared to question DeJoy and USPS board of governors Chairman Robert M. Duncan in a Friday hearing in the Senate and at a Monday hearing in the House on those policy changes, which have caused mail slowdowns and threatened to jeopardize ballot collection during the November election.

This is to no small degree a good development. The statement from DeJoy looks like a real climb-down, one that was brought about by relentless media and public pressure.

“The very fact that he felt he had to issue it is a testament to the enormous blowback he’s getting,” Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.), a member of the House Oversight Committee, told me.

But, as Connolly noted, there are still a host of unanswered questions, and those will require continued pressure from Democrats and the public alike — for several key reasons.

First, that pressure will be required to fully understand exactly what DeJoy’s suspension of the changes really amounts to.

The operational changes have led to widespread reports of delays in mail delivery, and the USPS itself has warned states that delays could lead to disenfranchisement of voters using mail balloting.

So what we need to know now is what exactly DeJoy means by his statement. It says that DeJoy is “suspending these initiatives until after the election is concluded,” and adds that he wants to “assure all Americans of the following”:

* Retail hours at Post Offices will not change.
* Mail processing equipment and blue collection boxes will remain where they are.
* No mail processing facilities will be closed.
* And we reassert that overtime has, and will continue to be, approved as needed.

As Connolly told me, it’s not clear whether this means a full restoration of the state of things before the changes began. It’s also not clear to what degree DeJoy intends to reinstate overtime hours, given that it will be “approved as needed.” Does that mean “approved as needed” to deliver all mail ballots on time?

DeJoy is scheduled to testify at a House hearing next week, and a senior Democratic aide tells me this hearing will proceed on schedule.

Connolly noted that this hearing will be crucial in pinning DeJoy down on all these matters. “Are you saying you will go no further, or are you returning to the status quo ante?” Connolly said, framing the question DeJoy should answer.

A second reason for continued pressure will be to pin down DeJoy on the true nature of his plans to ensure that mail ballots actually are delivered on time, especially amid a massive upsurge in demand for vote-by-mail amid pandemic conditions.

DeJoy’s statement is unequivocal in making this promise:

“The Postal Service is ready today to handle whatever volume of election mail it receives this fall. Even with the challenges of keeping our employees and customers safe and healthy as they operate amid a pandemic, we will deliver the nation’s election mail on time and within our well-established service standards. The American public should know that this is our number one priority between now and election day.”

Connolly noted that DeJoy must be pressed at the hearing to detail what plan he will put in place to ensure that this happens, with as much operational specificity as possible.

On still another front, an aide confirms that House Democrats will proceed with a vote this Saturday on a bill that would explicitly reverse DeJoy’s initial changes, prohibit other changes that would substantially impact service and require USPS to treat all election mail as First Class, reducing the possibility of delays.

Which theoretically should pose a challenge to Trump and Senate Republicans. Will they support the House Democratic effort to codify these protections in law?

Remember, Trump has already telegraphed that he’s counting on these delays to help him in the election. He has explicitly said mail balloting will inevitably mean a rigged outcome, and hasn’t bothered to conceal his intention to dismiss ballots arriving after Election Day as illegitimate, even as GOP lawyers are working to keep in place laws that would invalidate those ballots.

Yes, getting DeJoy to back down to this degree shows that sustained scrutiny and pressure can work. But given all we’ve seen, it’s also a reason to continue intensifying both going forward.

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There won't be any no-excuse voting by mail in Indiana. The Election Commission, made up of two Republicans and two Democrats, evenly split their votes about allowing the same no-excuse voting for the General Election that they had allowed for the Primary. If they split, the motion fails.

Stupid.... There wasn't ANY fraud in Indiana in the no-excuse absentee ballot in the Spring. Why the Republicans think fraud will suddenly appear in the Fall is beyond me. It's all politics, of course....

We'll be EARLY voting for sure.

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Why the Republicans think fraud will suddenly appear in the Fall is beyond me. It's all politics, of course....




Because the Republicans don't think that, of course. They think too many of you might vote.

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Of course.

Indiana went blue for Obama in 2008. They're not ABOUT to allow that to happen again!

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DeJoy has not backed down enough. He said he will not restore the sorting machines or the blue boxes he had removed. But he insists that everyone's ballot will arrive on time to be counted. When that doesn't happen, he can say, "Oops!"
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Just unbelievable....

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46 states were warned by the Post Office that their ballots might not arrive on time. And while that warning was being issued sorting machines were being decommissioned, mailboxes removed, overtime curtailed. When questioned DeJoy claimed that the Post Office will be able to get the ballots delivered on time without returning the deactivated machines or reversing his new policies. Why then were the warnings issued? The brazen, blatant lying just goes on and on. It doesn’t stand up to the slightest scrutiny.
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Roberta, aren't you happy that we live in a civilized state?

Washington Postal Workers Defy USPS Orders And Reinstall Mail Sorting Machines

Daniel CassadyForbes Staff

Postal workers in Washington State have reinstalled high-speed mail sorting machines—dismantled after controversial orders from the U.S. Postal Service— despite USPS orders not to put machines back in use.

After embattled Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced he would pause recent controversial changes to U.S. Postal Service protocol, the service told workers not to reinstall removed equipment.

40 percent of the high-speed mail sorting machines in the Seattle-Tacoma area were disconnected or dismantled since the changes went into effect, according to NPR, with workers in the Tacoma, Washington sorting plant saying eight of their 18 machines that sort and postmark letters were disconnected and pushed into a corner.

Sorting machines in Wenatchee, Washington were also reconnected, against the orders of the Postal Service’s head of maintenance, Kevin Couch.

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Roberta, aren't you happy that we live in a civilized state?




The coverage of this that I saw yesterday in the Seattle Times indicated one machine was reassembled in Tacoma. I can't tell from this article whether more have been reassembled since then.

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It's hard to know WHAT to believe, isn't it Brick. I'll tell you for sure that I'll believe a letter carrier or a mail processing staff member before I'll EVER believe DeJoy or his henchmen. I saw pictures today of Post Office staff STILL removing the blue boxes, after DeJoy said he would stop.

I'm starting to hear more about the county staff members REJECTING ballots because the signature on the envelope doesn't match the signature they have on file ENOUGH -- with only their subjective eyes to determine that. I remember the number as 110,000 mail-in ballots in California as being rejected for just that reason.

It sounds like they'll do ANYTHING to reject ballots any more! You almost HAVE to vote in person to be sure to have your ballot counted....

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(CNN) - Acting Homeland Security chief says department does not have authority to send agents to polling locations

The Department of Homeland Security's acting secretary on Sunday cast doubt on the department's authority to send its agents to polling locations after President Donald Trump said he would deploy law enforcement in November to protect against voter fraud.

"We don't have any authority to do that at the department," acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union."

Asked by Tapper if Trump had asked him to send law enforcement officers to polling centers, Wolf replied: "No, absolutely, he has not. Again, that's not what we do at the Department of Homeland Security."

"We have law enforcement authorities and law enforcement officers at the department, we have express authorities given to us by Congress and this is not one of them," he said, adding, "This is not a mission for the Department of Homeland Security."



Suppose Wolf should start spiffing up his resume?

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Suppose Wolf should start spiffing up his resume?



Probably, but I'm glad to know he said it, anyway.

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I am, too. I think it's probably too late to begin shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic at this point.

One good thing I'm seeing from reporters. More and more of them are starting to ask questions during his "press conferences" about how, if he promised to have "all the best people" in his administration, that so many have either left of been arrested. Some are even asking the question, "What does that tell us about your judgment?" Trump consistently refuses to answer and then calls on another reporter or leaves the press conference all together.

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Lis posted: It's hard to know WHAT to believe, isn't it Brick. I'll tell you for sure that I'll believe a letter carrier or a mail processing staff member before I'll EVER believe DeJoy or his henchmen. I saw pictures today of Post Office staff STILL removing the blue boxes, after DeJoy said he would stop.

I know what not to believe, Lis. That is anything that comes out of the mouth of Trump and any of his surrogates
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Very true, Brick.

I had to go to the post office today to buy some stamps, and I took the available moment to tell the man at the counter that I COMPLETELY support and appreciate what they do. He rolled his eyes. "It's a mess, isn't it." I told him that regardless of what the people at the top are saying and doing, those of us on their routes really appreciate them.

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It sounds like they'll do ANYTHING to reject ballots any more! You almost HAVE to vote in person to be sure to have your ballot counted....



I don't know about other states that have all-mail voting (not QUITE true here, you CAN go to a polling place, but all ballots are mailed TO you), but in addition to being able to mail your ballot back IN, here in Colorado we have lots of local "drop boxes" where you can deposit your ballot without a stamp - I've always taken mine to the YMCA. You can track online whether your ballot has been received.

I'm still debating whether I have the stomach to watch the GOP convention tonight.
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I've made my decision. The lineup, featuring Jr., is hate from beginning to end. I don't need that much hate in my world.

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I've watched not a minute of either convention so far. I just can't take it anymore. I've done some limited reading and that's it. Between the Republican corruption and my personal life, my sanity is hanging by a thread.
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