U.S. Postmaster General Louis Dejoy arrives at a gathering at the workplace of Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at the U.S. Capitol August 5, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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The House Oversight Committee can have an emergency hearing on Aug. 24 to handle mail supply delays and fears that the Trump administration is interfering with the U.S. Postal Service so as to influence voting within the November presidential election. 

House Democrats on Sunday referred to as on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and Postal Service board of governors Chairman Robert M. Duncan to testify at the upcoming hearing. Several House Democrats beforehand referred to as for the subpoena of DeJoy, an ally of President Trump who they allege is purposely creating issues with the Postal Service to undermine the election. 

“The postmaster general and top Postal Service leadership must answer to the Congress and the American people as to why they are pushing these dangerous new policies that threaten to silence the voices of millions, just months before the election,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., House Oversight Chair Carolyn B. Maloney D-N.Y., Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.,and Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich. wrote in a statement on Sunday. 

Since starting his function in June, DeJoy carried out a slew of major changes to the Post Office, together with a transfer to prohibit additional time, curbing late journeys for mail carriers that guarantee on-time supply and altering management throughout the company. These adjustments have raised concern that the supply of significant medical prescriptions and Social Security checks may face delays. 

The Postal Service is eradicating tons of of mail-processing machines throughout the nation and has warned 46 states that it will not be ready to course of all mail-in ballots in time to be counted for the election, possible disqualifying votes. 

President Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed with out proof that voting by mail throughout the coronavirus pandemic will lead to widespread voter fraud. Trump suggested last week that he doesn’t help billions of {dollars} for the Postal Service as a result of he opposes mail-in voting. Democrats, including former President Barack Obama, have accused Trump of attempting to suppress the vote as he trails nominee Joe Biden within the polls. 

Protesters in Washington D.C. referred to as for the resignation of DeJoy over the weekend, with greater than 100 folks gathering exterior his residence. The Postal Service’s inspector normal has launched an investigation into the complaints Democrats have raised in opposition to DeJoy. 

 

“Your testimony is particularly urgent given the troubling influx of reports of widespread delays at postal facilities across the country — as well as President Trump’s explicit admission last week that he has been blocking critical coronavirus funding for the Postal Service in order to impair mail-in voting efforts for the upcoming elections in November,” Maloney wrote in the letter on Sunday addressed to DeJoy. 

In an interview on CNN on Sunday morning, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows mentioned he’s open to a standalone invoice that funds the Postal Service because the company grapples with a rise in mail voting, a press release at odds with Trump’s feedback final week that he may help extra funding solely by way of a broader stimulus bundle. 

Meadows additionally mentioned the Postal Service is not going to take away extra mail-sorting machines between now and the November election: “Sorting machines between now and Election Day will not be taken off line,” he mentioned.