Sen. Schumer proposes some Postal Service changes be reversed

Sen. Schumer proposes some Postal Service changes be reversed

In a tweet on Wednesday, he also lambasted activists who have led protests demanding access to mail-in voting options during the Covid-19 outbreak, writing: "IF YOU CAN PROTEST IN PERSON, YOU CAN VOTE IN PERSON!"

Liberal advocacy groups sued the U.S. Postal Service and the postmaster general this week, saying the implementation of sweeping operational changes to the sorting and delivery of mail was meant to "sabotage" mail-in ballots for the November election.

Removing any mail collection box available to the public. "The Postal Service is Election Central during the pandemic, and Democrats will not allow the President to force Americans to choose between their health and their vote". "It began some years ago as new-age conservatives sought to privatize as much of the US government as they could".

MILES PARKS, BYLINE: Hi there.

The legislation released today by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Delivering for America Act, builds on a bill introduced by Rep. Carolyn Mahoney last week.

Schilling says the proposed equipment removal appears to be part of a long-term trend with the Postal Service, rather than part of the new federal cuts. And he had promised this sort of organizational realignment aimed at saving money.

In Michigan, at least nine mail sorting machines have been removed from the Pontiac mail distribution center, and several more have been removed from the Detroit distribution center and the Grand Rapids distribution center.

On Tuesday, U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy issued a statement indicating he would suspend some of the changes he has ordered, until after the election.

Almost three-quarters of Americans, including 88 per cent of Democrats and 60 per cent of Republicans, agreed "funding for the United States Postal Service should be increased to ensure Americans' mail gets delivered in a timely fashion". "It's always best to have someone with the knowledge of how this service functions".

PARKS: It's still a little unclear. "I look forward to his testimony next week to hear about the efforts the USPS is taking to implement a reliable mail system that can be trusted to deliver mail on time, in an efficient and effective manner, for years to come". It's not clear whether the sorting machines that were already removed, for instance, are going to be returned or whether just no more sorting machines are going to be removed.

RON STROMAN: It raises more questions than it provides answers.

"It's good they've recognized the problems they've caused but we need a PERMANENT rescission of ALL of DeJoy's harmful policies - and they MUST treat all election materials as first class", US Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY wrote on Twitter.

FADEL: Now, this is a pretty dramatic reversal.

DeJoy, a political donor to Trump, took the job in June. The entire Democratic Party was galvanized by this, with some lawmakers like Sen. And a number of Republicans asked for him to reverse the changes, too.

DeJoy has said the changes were needed to address an operational deficit that has been made worse by the coronavirus, but critics say it is part of a broader move to interfere with mail-in voting, which President Trump frequently rails against. His worries about mass voter fraud and negative comments about the USPS have stoked fears in many about whether the president is trying to sabotage mail service during a national pandemic. The White House openly rejected a bailout to the US Postal Service in April, and Mark Meadows, White House chief of staff, expressed reluctance to further funding the USPS.

Union officials who represent New Jersey postal workers have reported delivery delays and dramatic changes to operations, including reductions in overtime and mail machines being taken offline, and the postal service recently warned the state it couldn't guarantee all mail-in ballots would be delivered in time to be counted. But they're just words. "As early as possible, as soon as you get that application".

FADEL: That's NPR's Miles Parks.

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