The USPS Post Master General Louis DeJoy is denying claims from Democrats that the postal service is purposefully taking measures to impact the ability to handle mail-in voting in November. DeJoy and Postal Service Board of Governors Chairman Robert M. Duncan spoke about the issue during a House Oversight Committee hearing on Monday.
DeJoy took office in June of this year. Since that time, many voiced criticisms of DeJoy’s decision making, accusing him of intentionally worsening the postal service. In his opening statement, DeJoy addressed the accusations.
“First, I did not direct the removal of blue collection boxes or the removal of mail processing equipment,” DeJoy said, Fox News reports. “Second, I did not direct a cutback on hours at any of our post offices. And finally, I did not direct the elimination or any cutback in overtime.”
The USPS Post Master General continued by labeling many of the accusations against him as a “false narrative” from the media. “I did, however, suspend these practices to remove any misperceptions about our commitment to delivering this nation’s election mail,” he said. “Any further assertions by the media or electing officials is furthering a false narrative to the American people.”
Responding to a question from Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., DeJoy says the USPS is prepared for November’s election. “We will be able to handle all election mail for the 2020 election,” DeJoy said.
Republicans Question Timing of the USPS Hearing
The committee titled the hearing, “Protecting the Timely Delivery of Mail, Medicine, and Mail-in Ballots.” The hearing came two days after House Democrats passed a $25 billion bill to provide “emergency” funding to the postal service. During the meeting, Republicans criticized Democrats for holding the hearing after approving the bill.
Government Operations subcommittee ranking member Rep. Jody Hice also weighed during the hearing. Hice accused the Democrats of “malpractice” for the timing of the hearing. “Here we are having a hearing after a vote,” Hice said.
She continued by adding: “Certainly we have had many votes without bothering to have a hearing, but I don’t ever recall having a vote to so-called fix something and then have the hearing afterwards. This is unprecedented, and again, to me I believe is an example of political malpractice on the side of the Democrats.”
In the Nov. 3 election, President Donald Trump takes on Democratic Candidate Joe Biden. Earlier this week, President Trump officially accepted the nomination at the Republican National Convention.
[H/T Fox News]