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Postal chief returns to Congress facing uproar over delays

Election 2020 Postal Service
Election 2020 Postal Service
Posted at 6:32 AM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 07:26:50-04

WASHINGTON - The new postmaster general is returning to Congress to testify before a House panel that has sharply criticized him.

Monday's hearing comes after the House approved legislation over the weekend to reverse changes in Postal Services operations and send $25 billion to shore up the agency ahead of the November election and a surge in mail-in ballots. The House bill did have support from 26 republicans.

It's not likely that the republican-led Senate will take it up, but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced a bipartisan subcommittee will investigate.

On Sunday, the postal service released a statement saying parts of the bill, "while well meaning, will constrain the ability of the postal service to make operational changes that will improve efficiency, reduce costs and ultimately improve service to the American people."

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testified Friday in the Senate that his “No. 1 priority” is to ensure election mail arrives on time.

Still, DeJoy said he would not restore recent cuts to mailboxes and sorting equipment.