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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy agrees to testify before House amid USPS outcry

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has agreed to a request from top Democrats to testify at an "urgent" hearing before the House Oversight Committee next Monday about changes to the U.S. Postal Service.

Why it matters: Democrats have been raising alarms about widespread disruptions to the postal service, which some allege President Trump is attempting to undermine ahead of an election that will see a record number of mail-in ballots. DeJoy is wealthy businessman and a longtime Republican fundraiser.


The big picture: Trump has railed against the reliability of "universal" mail-in voting and claimed, without evidence, that it will lead to a "rigged" election. He denied on Monday that his administration is attempting to slow down the mail and has said that DeJoy simply wants to "make the post office great again."

  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi has responded to what she has called "sabotage" of the USPS by demanding a hearing with DeJoy and calling the House back to session to vote on legislation next Saturday.
  • Some Democratic lawmakers, including moderate Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), have even said that DeJoy should be arrested if he does not appear for the hearing.

Worth noting: Robert Duncan, the chairman of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors, has also agreed to testify before the committee.

  • The Board of Governors “directs the exercise of the powers of the Postal Service, directs and controls its expenditures, reviews its practices, conducts long-range planning, approves officer compensation and sets policies on all postal matters," according to the committee.

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