'US mail not for sale'

Many at the rally said defunding USPS would cause health problems for those who need regular medication delivered to them. — Lucas Thors

Many at the rally said defunding USPS would cause health problems for those who need regular medication delivered to them. — Lucas Thors

On Wednesday Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tweeted that she spoke with Postmaster General Dejoy writing, "during our conversation he admitted he has no intention of replacing the sorting machines, blue mailboxes and other infrastructure that have been removed".

In Akron, the post offices have been able to keep up with most of the mail, but the real problem for letter carriers and postal workers has come from changes to staffing and overtime, Sturm said.

"We welcome the Postmaster General's retreat, but we remain concerned about the effects of changes that have already been implemented", Grewal said in a statement sent by a spokesman.

In spite of promises from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy earlier this week to suspend radical changes to United States Postal Service (USPS) facilities that resulted in slower mail delivery, some post offices in MI appear to be continuing to dismantle their mail sorting machines.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the Postal Service has enough cash on hand, including a US$10 billion line of credit approved by Congress earlier this year.

While much of the outcry has focused on the ability over the postal service to deliver mail-in ballots in November, Ferguson and Shapiro stressed that slow mail delivery also affects important correspondence and medical prescriptions. "But if they don't get those two items, that means you can't have universal mail-in voting, because they're not equipped to have it".

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"I believe my eyes", Whitmer responded. "[Dejoy's] actions will interfere-and are created to interfere-with the ability of state and local officials to administer fair elections and of voters to exercise their fundamental rights to vote and to use the Postal Service to cast their ballots".

Davis added: "The Postal Service may bring you your paychecks, your medication, numerous things that you count on".

The statement did not specify whether the agency would restore mail-sorting machines that have recently been taken offline.

Multiple Democrats and union officials welcomed the news but said they were holding out for proof that DeJoy would take the actions he promised.

More than 20 states, from NY to California, announced they would be suing to stop the changes.

In an interview last week, Todd Elkerton, president of the St. Paul local of the American Postal Workers Union, said the Post Office had removed eight of the 30 mail processing machines at the Eagan facility.

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Even as Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced that he would not continue making changes to postal operations, Rep.

Mr DeJoy's announcement came amid rising pressure from critics who accuse Mr Trump of deliberately gutting the already cash-strapped US Postal Service (USPS) in order to slow the handling of mail-in ballots, which could account for as many as half of all votes cast in November's election as the coronavirus pandemic raises fears of crowds.

After all, President Trump hasn't concealed his desire to sabotage mail-in voting, which would deprive Americans of a way to vote without leaving home. The USPS said the deadlines "may be incongruous with the Postal Service's delivery standards". The Republican-controlled Senate hasn't given an indication whether it supports the funding.

With mixed messages from the post office "on top of what the president is saying about how he wants to cut the money from the post office and his antipathy to mail voting, it is understandable we are skeptical", Smith said.

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said the White House was not involved in the Postal Service changes.

Miller said cost-saving measures in Stark County have resulted in letters and packages being delayed, sometimes for weeks at a time, and often at multiple levels of the delivery process. But he said Election Day was key to Republican turnout, as more than 100,000 people showed up to vote Tuesday.

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Schumer wants a "complete and fulsome explanation" from the USPS Board of Directors regarding how and why DeJoy, a former Trump mega-donor with no experience running a government agency, was selected to oversee the nation's mail.

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