Steve August 19, 2020

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy does not intend to replace U.S. Postal Service sorting machines, blue mailboxes and other infrastructure that were removed before he announced he’d postpone more changes until after the November elections.

Pelosi said in a statement that she’d spoken with DeJoy Wednesday morning and told him his announcement from the day before “is not a solution and is misleading.”

“The Postmaster General’s alleged pause is wholly insufficient and does not reverse damage already wreaked. The Postmaster General frankly admitted that he had no intention of replacing the sorting machines, blue mailboxes and other key mail infrastructure that have been removed and that plans for adequate overtime, which is critical for the timely delivery of mail, are not in the works,” she said.

“All of these changes directly jeopardize the election and disproportionately threaten to disenfranchise voters in communities of color,” the California Democrat added. “At the same time, we are highly concerned that the slowdown of the delivery of medicines to veterans is not being sufficiently addressed.”

This, taken with his unwillingness to plan for adequate worker overtime, directly jeopardizes the election and threatens to disenfranchise voters in communities of color, while also slowing delivery of medicines to veterans.

— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) August 19, 2020

On Tuesday, the postmaster general agreed to suspend cuts to the postal service until after the election.

Photos and videos of disassembled mail sorting machines continued to service online this week.

.@USPS GR Patterson location has pieces of the mail sorting machines out in the parking lot. @WOODTV

— Heather Walker (@_HeatherWalker) August 19, 2020

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