NationalStacy M. Brown

After Postmaster General’s Testimony, America’s Trust Issues Continue for Post Office

One week after Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testified before a House Oversight Committee on Capitol Hill, there remain suspicions on whether voters and those who receive prescription medication through the mail can trust the U.S. Postal Service.

“It remains to be seen,” Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) said. “We made sure that the American people had the facts before them because the Postal Service is the only service enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, and this [controversy] has happened under Donald Trump’s attempt to dismantle democracy as we know it and move forth his agenda.”

DeJoy’s leadership has received sharp criticism from Democrats and included some Republicans’ rebukes because of widespread reports of a slowdown in mail delivery.

President Trump has publicly stated his disdain for the postal service. His administration has withheld critical funds from the agency despite legislation that passed the House and the Senate supporting a cash infusion to the Post Office.

Trump opposes mail-in voting but that didn’t stop him and first lady Melania Trump from mailing in their recent Florida election ballots.

While DeJoy promised to comply with lawmakers’ demands not to slow delivery of mail and not to put in place measures that undermine the postal service, House Oversight Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney blasted him during the hearings.

“You can expect a subpoena if you withhold information from this committee,” Maloney, the New York Democrat, warned. “You’re withholding information from us, concealing documents and downplaying the damage that you’re causing.”

She added that DeJoy probably should be replaced.

“I can’t imagine why he would be kept on,” she said.

DeJoy claimed that reports critical of his actions as postmaster general have greatly been exaggerated.

“There are many inaccuracies,” he stated, noting that he did not direct the removal of mail collection boxes and didn’t cut back workers’ hours.

“I did, however, suspend these practices to remove any misperceptions about our commitment to delivering the nation’s election mail,” DeJoy claimed. “Any further assertions by the media or elected officials are furthering a false narrative to the American people.”

Clarke said lawmakers put a lot of pressure on DeJoy and have exposed the postmaster general’s dereliction of duty and the unprecedented collaboration with Trump.

“Donald Trump has tried to undermine our mail system for the purpose of discouraging individuals from voting by mail,” Clarke stated. “This has implications for veterans and seniors. This dismantling of the postal service was intentional. There is a cease and desist order that DeJoy admitted but we need to see the apparatus put back in place so that people can vote safely and our seniors can get their medication.”

Clark continued: “Will that be the case? We are getting a lot of pushback and Donald Trump is on the campaign trail already trying to delegitimize the election if mail-in ballots are allowed. It’s all to cause voter suppression.”

Tags
Show More

Stacy M. Brown

I’ve worked for the Daily News of Los Angeles, the L.A. Times, Gannet and the Times-Tribune and have contributed to the Pocono Record, the New York Post and the New York Times. Television news opportunities have included: NBC, MSNBC, Scarborough Country, the Abrams Report, Today, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Imus in the Morning and Anderson Cooper 360. Radio programs like the Wendy Williams Experience, Tom Joyner Morning Show and the Howard Stern Show have also provided me the chance to share my views.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Washington Informer Newspaper, 3117 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC, 20032, http://www.washingtoninformer.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Back to top button

My News Matters to me - Washington Informer Donations

Be a Part of The Washington Informer Legacy

A donation of your choice empowers our journalists to continue the work to better inform, educate and empower you through technology and resources that you use.

Click Here Today to Support Black Press and be a part of the Legacy!

Subscribe today for free and be the first to have news and information delivered directly to your inbox.


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Washington Informer Newspaper, 3117 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC, 20032, http://www.washingtoninformer.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact
Close

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker