Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie is chatty about the on-going eff’ery at the USPS:
MAILING IT IN — Under intense public scrutiny and facing mounting legal challenges, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced Tuesday that he will suspend some of the controversial changes at the U.S. Postal Service that Democrats have warned will undermine the election. “To avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail, I am suspending these initiatives until after the election is concluded,” said DeJoy, who has agreed to testify in both the House and Senate.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi cheered the news. “They felt the heat and that’s what we were trying to do, to make it too hot for them to handle,” Pelosi told Playbook in a virtual interview. But Democrats are not completely satisfied: they want postal service operations to be fully restored. In a statement, Pelosi called DeJoy’s announcement a “necessary but insufficient first step in ending the President’s election sabotage campaign.” And House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said DeJoy’s decision does not change their plans to vote on a USPS bill on Saturday.
It’s unsurprising that Democrats think DeJoy’s actions fall short. During a meeting with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer earlier this month, DeJoy offered to pause the operational changes for 10 days before the election and allow late and extra trips for postal workers to get ballots delivered on time. But Pelosi and Schumer said he should suspend the changes immediately and that none of them are acceptable in the middle of a pandemic or right before an election.
In case you forgot, Postmaster General DeJoy yesterday said,
“To avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail, I am suspending these initiatives until after the election is concluded.”
[And I said to trust but verify. And was rightfully dragged in the comments about “trust.” Mea Culpa.]
In his statement, DeJoy asserted that “mail processing equipment and blue collection boxes will remain where they are” and that “overtime has, and will continue to be, approved as needed.” DeJoy’s statement does not address whether changes that have already been made — like removed equipment or changes in operational practices — would be rolled back.
DeJoy’s damage to the USPS is already done and it is not clear that it can be undone in time for the elections, so his suspension of further eff’ery is probably too late to help.
It’s time to send him, special delivery, to Sing-Sing.