Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Monday defiantly pushed again towards Democrats calling for him to return mail sorting machines faraway from submit places of work earlier than November’s presidential election.
DeJoy sparred with Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) throughout a listening to of the Home Oversight Committee over his cost-cutting measures for the US Postal Service that critics declare will trigger delays in processing the hundreds of thousands of ballots anticipated to be despatched via the mail this 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Lynch stated the measures initiated by DeJoy are “intentionally dismantling this once-proud establishment” and sought assurances he would return the high-speed processing machines.
“No, I cannot,” DeJoy stated.
“You’ll not?” Lynch pressed.
“Is not going to,” DeJoy responded.
It was the second time DeJoy appeared on Capitol Hill in 4 days.
Throughout his testimony earlier than the Republican-controlled Senate Homeland Safety Committee on Friday, DeJoy sought to allay considerations that his adjustments would impede mail supply earlier than the election, saying his “No. 1 precedence” was to make sure the mail arrives on time.
Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi known as members of the Democrat-led Home again from their August break to attend a uncommon Saturday session during which they accredited $25 billion to assist the Postal Service put together for the anticipated surge of mail-in ballots due to security considerations with the coronavirus.
Twenty-six Home Republicans voted to approve the funds.