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House Passes Bill to Halt Changes at USPS as Fears Mount over Mail-in Ballots

HeadlineAug 24, 2020

The House voted on a bill Saturday to provide $25 billion to the U.S. Postal Service and halt any planned changes amid growing fears that Trump is attempting to hinder the delivery of mail-in ballots ahead of November’s election. The vote came one day after Postmaster General Louis DeJoy — a Trump megadonor — testified before the Senate about recent changes at the Postal Service. This is Michigan Senator Gary Peters questioning DeJoy.

Sen. Gary Peters: “Will you be bringing back any mail sorting machines that have been removed since you’ve become postmaster general? Will any of those come back?”

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy: “There’s no intention to do that. They’re not needed, sir.”

Sen. Gary Peters: “So, you will not bring back any processors?”

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy: “They’re not needed, sir.”

Postal workers in Washington state and Dallas, Texas, said they have ignored orders from above and reinstalled high-speed mail sorting machines. Meanwhile, The Washington Post reports over 534,000 mail-in ballots were rejected across 23 states during this year’s primaries — nearly a quarter of those in battlegrounds states. DeJoy is testifying before the House Oversight Committee today.

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