“To avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail, I am suspending these initiatives until after the election is concluded,” DeJoy said in a statement.
NEW --> U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announces he will halt the controversial cost-cutting initiatives until after the election, after reports of backlogs of a week or more across the country and concerns about the delivery of ballots for the November elections. pic.twitter.com/a8O39ggDrw— Michelle Ye Hee Lee (@myhlee) August 18, 2020
On Monday, the Chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Carolyn Maloney, said that US Postmaster General Louis DeJoy will testify before the Committee on 24 August.
She added that the American public does not want delays in the performance of the postal service business, including mail-in ballots.
The Trump administration and congressional Democrats have been at loggerheads over the issue of mail-in ballots in the upcoming presidential election, that will proceed amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
President Trump has claimed that mail-in ballots pose a risk of fraud in the upcoming election, citing a botched New York congressional primary race as an example, while Democrats say that the President is willing to destroy the 49-year-old agency to get his way.