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House Dems want answers on USPS resource removals, staffing levels

By Nikita Biryukov, September 30 2020 4:21 pm

Rep. Josh Gottheimer, right, with Rep. Bill Pascrell. (Photo by Nikita Biryukov)

All 10 Democratic members of New Jersey’s House delegation demanded information on how prepared the U.S. Postal Service was to administer the state’s mostly-mail election in a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Wednesday.

“As you know, millions of Americans rely on the USPS for the timely delivery of mail, including protective equipment, prescription medications, census forms, tax refunds, social security checks, and election ballots,” the Democrats wrote. “However, our constituents and the general public continue to face unusually severe mail delays as bad as at any point this year.”

DeJoy’s tenure at the head of USPS has been defined by controversy. Shortly after he took control of the Postal Service, the prominent Trump donor enacted policy changes that cut overtime, effectively eliminating a longstanding USPS practice that required all mail be delivered on time.

DeJoy in August said he was suspending those changes, but it’s not clear that the agency ever actually reversed course.

The Democrats — Reps. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing), Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes), Mikie Sherrill (D-Long Branch), Andy Kim (D-Marlton), Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff), Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch), Albio Sires (D-West New York), Donald Payne Jr. (D-Newark) and Donald Norcross (D-Camden) — want to know how many mail-sorting machines and mail drop boxes were removed from New Jersey Post Offices.

They also want information about USPS staffing levels, the agency’s ability to deliver mail-in ballots by Nov. 10 and what steps the Postal Service is taking to make up for COVID-19 related staff shortages.

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