Elizabeth Warren and other top Democrats call on IG to investigate USPS practices

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Democrats write they are concerned about the USPS “staffing and policy changes” recently put in place by new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. Appointed by President Donald Trump, DeJoy is a fundraiser and ally of Trump.

The group, which includes Senator Gary Peters of Michigan, Tom Carper of Delaware, Ron Wyden of Oregon, Tina Smith of Minnesota and House Oversight Committee representative Carolyn Maloney of New York, ask the inspector general to specifically address the rationale for operational changes, their potential impact on postal voting in the 2020 election and potential financial conflicts of interest.

Letter says changes to the USPS have led to “slower and less reliable” mail delivery that “threatens the well-being of millions of Americans who rely on the Postal Service for the delivery of Social Security checks , prescriptions and daily mail of all kinds. . ”

Congressional Democrats also warn that it could pose a threat to “mail-in ballots and the 2020 general election”, which will likely depend heavily on mail-in and mail-in votes due to the coronavirus pandemic, the letter says. .

DeJoy, after taking over as master general in June, changed USPS operations by reducing worker hours and denying overtime to some employees.

“Given the continuing concerns about the negative impacts of the Trump administration’s policies on the quality and efficiency of the postal service, we ask that you conduct an audit of all operational changes put in place by Mr. DeJoy and other Trump administration officials in 2020, ”the letter states.

In heated talks with DeJoy on Wednesday, Congressional Democrats called on the Postal Service to repeal cuts that have already slowed mail, months before the November presidential election. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told CNN on Thursday Democrats called on DeJoy “to remove these cuts on overtime and employees, so all mail can be delivered on time on Election Day.” .

“We pushed him. It has to be 100%, not 94%, not 97%, “Schumer said, adding,” We don’t trust them completely – with everything Trump said on the post – and they nominate by Trump. ”

In a letter to DeJoy on Thursday, Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the Postmaster General confirmed the cuts during their meeting on Wednesday, and they again called on him to reverse them.

In another sign of conflict, two members of the Postal Service’s Board of Governors resigned in recent months before DeJoy took over for reasons such as the Trump administration’s efforts to exercise control over finances and operations. of the postal service, according to a source and a Democrat. lawmaker who spoke to one of the former council members. All members of the Board of Governors are now appointed by Trump.

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