US Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Tuesday reversed his newly implemented US Postal Service (USPS) policies, as several states filed a legal challenge.
On Monday both DeJoy and President Donald Trump were sued for defunding the USPS months before millions of Americans were to cast mail-in ballots for the November election. Another lawsuit was filed on Tuesday by the states of Washington, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin. This suit alleges that the changes DeJoy implemented were unlawful. More specifically, “as a matter of procedure, Congress has established a specific process the Postal Service must follow before making changes in postal services, requiring the Postmaster General to consult with the Postal Regulatory Commission and to give the public an opportunity to comment. General DeJoy never engaged in that process here.” Pennsylvania is also set to file suit against both President Trump and the Postmaster General in an attempt to prevent DeJoy from implementing his new policies.
In his statement, DeJoy acknowledged that the USPS would play a vital role in this year’s presidential election.
The Postal Service is ready today to handle whatever volume of election mail it receives this fall. Even with the challenges of keeping our employees and customers safe and healthy as they operate amid a pandemic, we will deliver the nation’s election mail on time and within our well-established service standards. The American public should know that is this our number one priority between now and election day. The 630,000 dedicated women and men of the Postal Service are committed, ready and proud to meet this sacred duty.
While DeJoy believes that the previously implemented changes to the USPS are necessary to ensure the organization’s success, he indicated that such changes will not be enacted until after the November election. However, many have stated that the changes should be suspended, not reversed.