USPS chief backs off controversial changes till after election

Washington:  Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has announced he will suspend the controversial changes he instituted to the U.S. Postal Service until after the November election.

“To avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail, I am suspending these initiatives until after the election is concluded,” DeJoy said in a statement.

He said that between now and Election Day, retail hours at post offices will not change, no mail processing facilities will be closed, mail processing equipment and collection boxes will remain in place, and overtime for workers will be approved when needed.

DeJoy also announced he would “engage standby resources” as of Oct. 1 “to satisfy any unforeseen demand.”

His statement comes after the news that he will testify Friday before the a Senate committee

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday credited public pressure for spurring  DeJoy’s decision to roll back steps  that prompted fears of election interference.

The speaker maintained that the House would continue with plans to vote Saturday on a $25 billion bill to boost funding and stop organizational changes at the Postal Service.

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