August 18, 2020

Senator Hassan Statement on Postmaster General DeJoy Heeding Calls to Temporarily Stop Some Changes that are Slowing Mail Delivery to Granite Staters and Americans

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee which oversees the United States Postal Service (USPS), released the following statement after USPS Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced that he would “suspend” some of the harmful operational changes that he made to the agency, which have slowed mail delivery. Senator Hassan and a number of her Democratic colleagues have called for an immediate end to DeJoy’s policies, and Senator Hassan will be questioning DeJoy about the impact on Granite Staters at a hearing on Friday.

 

“The American people spoke out loudly and clearly against the Trump administration’s changes to the Postal Service. Granite Staters – especially those in rural communities – rely on USPS to get their medication and to run their small businesses. While Postmaster General DeJoy will be ‘suspending’ some of these changes until after the election, we can’t afford to allow him to gut the Postal Service even after the election,” said Senator Hassan. “During Friday’s oversight hearing, I will continue to push for additional answers about how the Postmaster General plans to fully correct the significant and damaging operational changes he has already made to the Postal Service, including how USPS will ensure that every mail-in ballot will be delivered. The Postmaster General also must make clear what he will do to ensure the robust level of service that Americans – in the smallest villages and the biggest cities – expect and deserve from their Postal Service.”

 

Senator Hassan is working to protect the USPS and its employees against attacks from the Trump administration. This week, she joined her colleagues in calling on the newly-appointed Postmaster General to testify before the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in an effort to conduct vital oversight of his mishandling of the agency in recent weeks. The Committee hearing will be this Friday.

 

Senator Hassan also recently led the New Hampshire Congressional Delegation in calling for answers on mail delivery concerns that they have heard about from Granite Staters. Senator Hassan previously called on the Postmaster General to answer for the changes to long-standing operations at the Postal Service, including demanding immediate action following reports of significant delays in veterans’ prescription medications. Additionally, Senator Hassan has repeatedly called for additional funding to support the U.S. Postal Service in the next COVID-19 relief package.

 

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