House Oversight Committee Calls Postmaster General To Testify at “Urgent” Hearing On Sweeping Operational And Organizational Changes

Aug 16, 2020 Issues: Committee on Oversight and Reform

Washington, D.C. — Today, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform invited Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to testify at an urgent hearing on Monday, August 24, 2020, on his sweeping operational and organizational changes at the Postal Service, which experts warn could degrade delivery standards, slow the mail, and potentially impair the rights of eligible Americans to cast their votes through the mail.  U.S. Representative Stephen F. Lynch (MA-08) is a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security.

“It is time for Postmaster General DeJoy to answer some questions about the sabotage of the United States Postal Service,” said Rep. Lynch.  “High-speed mail sorting machines and mailboxes are being removed across America, intentionally causing widespread mail back-ups and package delays across the country.  USPS letter carriers are being denied overtime to complete mail delivery.  We are demanding that Postmaster General DeJoy come and explain to the American people why he is undermining the delivery of mail across our country.  The USPS is enshrined in our Constitution and has been reliably delivering the mail for over 230 years as the most trusted service we provide in government.  President Trump appointed Postermaster General DeJoy to run the Post Office three months ago and now mail service is disrupted and our democratic elections are at risk.”

The hearing on Monday, August 24 will follow a deadline this coming Friday, August 21 for the Postmaster General to produce documents and information in response to a detailed, ten-page letter sent last week by Oversight Chairwoman Maloney, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, and the other Chairs and Ranking Members of the Committees with jurisdiction over the Postal Service and federal elections, Chairperson Zoe Lofgren of the Committee on House Administration, Ranking Member Amy Klobuchar of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, and Ranking Member Gary C. Peters of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Chairwoman Maloney also requested the testimony of Robert M. Duncan, the Chairman of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors, which “directs the exercise of the powers of the Postal Service, directs and controls its expenditures, reviews its practices, conducts long-range planning, approves officer compensation and sets policies on all postal matters.”

The hearing is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 24, 2020, in room 2154 Rayburn and will be livestreamed.

Click here to read the invitation to Postmaster General DeJoy.

Click here to read the invitation to Chairman Duncan.