POSTMASTER GENERAL REFUSES TO UNDO WHAT HE’S DONE
Contradicts President Donald Trump On The P.O.
Statement By Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

Friday, August 21, 2020

 

Today Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and refused to undo the changes he has made, but did contradict President Trump’s statements about the Post Office not being able to deliver mail safely and efficiently for the 2020 national elections.

DeJoy said the Post Office could easily handle 120 million election ballots in the many days leading up to November 3 and deliver 95 percent of all election mail within 1-to-3 days and, as in the past, “It will be treated as first class mail or better.” Further he said, “I want to assure this committee and the American public that the Postal Service is fully capable and committed to delivering the nation’s election mail securely!”

But Postmaster General DeJoy refused to reverse and put back in place the changes he made that have slowed mail delivery and therefore he must go. He has received both Democratic and Republican concern and criticism for the changes.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she spoke with DeJoy on Wednesday, but he told her neither did he not plan to reverse any of the most controversial changes, like the removal of some mail sorting machines or blue mailboxes, nor did he address her concerns about overtime pay for postal workers.

DeJoy denied what local people know: his changes have slowed mail delivery; he refused to put back in place the 671 mail processing machines he took out; veteran’s medicine delivery is being delayed; senior’s Social Security checks are arriving late; mail is backing up in local Post Offices and DeJoy has an economic conflict of interest because his private company has contracts with the Post Office.

Congress needs to call for an agreement between Postmaster DeJoy and President Trump to engage in a public dialogue so the president can ask any questions he has and put forth all of his many (false) statements about the Post Office and mail-in election ballots in order to inform and reassure the American people that postal delivery of election ballots leading up to the election will be safe, on-time and secure.

Eight states and D.C. are sending a mail-in ballot to all registered voters – California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Hawaii, New Jersey, Oregon, Utah, Vermont and Washington.  Six states will not allow “no excuse” mail-in voting because of COVID-19 – Alabama, Indiana, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.  All other states will allow “no excuse” mail-in voting if you request a ballot.

Whether DeJoy’s changes were intended or unintended to slow our mail service, slowing the mail is what happened.  Workers say their overtime to get all the mail out that day has been cut.  There are overstuffed bins with fruit and other perishable rotting.  DeJoy has determined that all trucks must leave and return to the local Post Offices on time, but the reduction in workers means the trucks often leave without all of the day’s mail.

The removal of sorting machines has left many Post Offices without backup systems in case something goes wrong with the one they are using.  There is a serious question as to whether DeJoy can even put the toothpaste back in the tub whether he wants to or not because many of the sorting machines have already been destroyed and sold for junk.

Republicans have long wanted to privatize the Post Office and treat it like a business instead of a Postal Service that’s included in the Constitution.  House Democrats have asked for $25 billon for the Post Office in the Heroes bill, included in the recent coronavirus stimulus talks to help the Postal Service handle a likely increase in mail-in ballots.  But stimulus talks have been stalled without a deal in sight.

Trump has publicly argued against mail-in voting, against the $25 billion for the Post Office in the Heroes bill and indicated in any deal that if Democrats can’t get the $25 billion “that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting because they’re not equipped to handle it,” and therefore it will be impossible for mail-in ballots and voting.

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Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizations he founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justice around the world.