• Mon. Jan 25th, 2021

Democratic senators tell DeJoy Post Office changes hurt military servicemembers | TheHill – The Hill

Democratic senators pressed Postmaster General Louis DeJoyLouis DeJoyTensions flare as senators grill postmaster general The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Postmaster General attempts to calm mail-in voting fears Postmaster General testifies that ballots will be prioritized for delivery MORE to consider how changes he’s advocated for at the agency would impact military servicemembers.

Twenty-nine Democratic senators wrote in a Thursday letter to DeJoy that the Postal Service necessary to deliver mail to troops overseas and that changes he’s proposed could have a disproportionate impact on servicemembers who have no other avenue for mail delivery.

“USPS is the only service that can deliver to the Army Post Office (APO) and Fleet Post Office (FPO) addresses used by our military overseas,” they wrote. 

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“Since your appointment as Postmaster General, you have implemented many harmful operational and policy changes that have already resulted in mail being delayed in many areas by weeks. Reports of hiring freezes, scheduling and route changes, reshuffling of leadership, decommissioning and removal of mail-sorting machines, and other reorganization of operations have left a once proud and efficient system intentionally hamstrung and severely strained.”

The letter was sent prior to DeJoy’s appearance in front of the Senate Friday morning.

The letter marked one of several concerns Democrats have voiced over policy changes DeJoy has announced, including a staff shakeup, removing mail drop-off sites, curtailing overtime for Postal Service workers and adjusting delivery policies.

The concerns from Democrats have largely centered around the Postal Service’s ability to deliver mail-in ballots on time for the November elections, though bipartisan lawmakers have expressed concerns over other issues like delivery to rural areas.

DeJoy recently said that he will postpone the changes until after the election, though Democrats indicated in the letter that they still feared the impact the adjustments will have once they are implemented.

“While your recent suspension of operational changes is a necessary first step and needed course correction, it is insufficient and unclear that this suspension will mitigate the damage that has already been done to the postal system, and prevent the disruption and harm to Americans who serve our nation in uniform. We are also concerned that your statements regarding suspension of these changes are not actually being carried out,” they wrote.