August 18, 2020

Manchin: Postmaster General Must Do More To Secure Mail, Election Ballots For Americans

Charleston, WV – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on U.S. Postmaster General DeJoy’s announcement to suspend any changes to the Postal Service until after the election, but has yet to reinstate critical machines and equipment that have been removed from operation since DeJoy took over as Postmaster General.

“Postmaster General DeJoy’s announcement that changes to the Postal Service will not be made until after the election is a step in the right direction, but actions speak louder than words. The Postal Service must immediately reinstate all critical machines and equipment that have been idled or removed from operation since Mr. DeJoy’s tenure began and extend this moratorium on major changes through the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes no closures of post offices, no reduction in hours, and the continued treatment of election mail as first-class mail. We all know that if the American people and members of Congress had not pushed back on these unacceptable changes, the Administration would have continued on as they have been. I’m not done fighting to make sure every American and West Virginian receives their medicine, their Social Security benefits, and yes, their election ballots.”

A timeline of Senator Manchin’s U.S. Postal Service efforts can be found here