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The following is not an example of needed medication lost in the mail. Just an Amazon third party seller package that so far has taken 21 days to get from southern California to  Washington DC. And it still isn't here yet. This hurts small businesses that depend upon the mail to send their packages. What was the package doing in LA for 12 days? Maybe soaking up some rays and decided to leave when things got too hot.

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On 8/16/2020 at 6:31 PM, mr6666 said:
 
Breaking: Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic leaders will bring the House back in session this week
 
to deal with recent concerns about the U.S. Postal Service, she announced Sunday evening
 
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News: Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has agreed to testify before the House Oversight Committee
 
on Monday, August 24th.
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16 hours ago, LsDoorMat said:

The following is not an example of needed medication lost in the mail. Just an Amazon third party seller package that so far has taken 21 days to get from southern California to  Washington DC. And it still isn't here yet. This hurts small businesses that depend upon the mail to send their packages. What was the package doing in LA for 12 days? Maybe soaking up some rays and decided to leave when things got too hot.

 

This is an example of an increasing problem in the US Postal Service caused by the Trump administration, particularly Postmaster Generalissimo DeJoy.  An outright intention to sabotage the Postal Service and not just because of the election.   I noticed this myself in receiving mail order packages.  It would take longer for the mailed order to get there and then once shipped via USPS additional time to get to me compared to the past.

12 hours ago, mr6666 said:

Yeah, don't expect a lot from the Trump/Barr FBI in response to a couple of Dem Congressmen.  Regardless an Barr FBI investigation would take until after the next inauguration-and then be a whitewash.  However, it is a move by the Dems to get publicity to the issue and put Barr, Trump and the GOPers on the spot with more media attention.

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1 hour ago, jakeem said:

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Postal workers say there have been concerning and potentially catastrophic changes in mail delivery since Louis DeJoy took over as postmaster general.
 
"Everybody is fundamentally watching the beginning of the dismantling of the Postal Service."
 
9:30 AM · Aug 18, 2020·SocialFlow

Not really surprising, a rogue president is in the process of--

within 4 years --

destroying American institutions, which took centuries to build.

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‘Damage has already been done’: Top postal union official says she’s never seen anything like DeJoy’s mail slowdown

:.......Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced that he will suspend changes he was implementing at the U.S. Postal Service

after a flood of anger from the public and elected officials on both sides of the political aisle. ...

“She said those mail processing machines have already been removed here, she says there hasn’t been any overtime pay and late trucks have not been able to go out, which means First Class Mail has been delayed, and a question she’s been asking herself, why now?” reported Burns.

“Despite the postmaster general walking back some of those changes for the voters I’ve been talking to, the damage has already been done. ...........

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/08/damage-has-already-been-done-top-postal-union-official-says-shes-never-seen-anything-like-dejoys-mail-slow

What am I missing?

Whoever destroyed the $BILLION in mail sorting machines,

destroyed property WE THE PEOPLE owned.

Why aren't crime charges being levied?

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12 minutes ago, mr6666 said:

‘Damage has already been done’: Top postal union official says she’s never seen anything like DeJoy’s mail slowdown

:.......Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced that he will suspend changes he was implementing at the U.S. Postal Service

after a flood of anger from the public and elected officials on both sides of the political aisle. ...

“She said those mail processing machines have already been removed here, she says there hasn’t been any overtime pay and late trucks have not been able to go out, which means First Class Mail has been delayed, and a question she’s been asking herself, why now?” reported Burns.

“Despite the postmaster general walking back some of those changes for the voters I’ve been talking to, the damage has already been done. ...........

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/08/damage-has-already-been-done-top-postal-union-official-says-shes-never-seen-anything-like-dejoys-mail-slow

What am I missing?

Whoever destroyed the $BILLION in mail sorting machines,

destroyed property WE THE PEOPLE owned.

Why aren't crime charges being levied?

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but  did they ask just HOW MANY BOXES HAVE ALREADY BEEN REMOVED &

ABOUT THE PROCESSING MACHINES ALREADY DESTROYED ???

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9 minutes ago, mr6666 said:

but  did they ask just HOW MANY BOXES HAVE ALREADY BEEN REMOVED &

ABOUT THE PROCESSING MACHINES ALREADY DESTROYED ???

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DeJoy ordered USPS to remove 671 mail sorting machines by end of September,
 
including 24 in Ohio, 11 in Detroit, 11 in Florida, 9 in Wisconsin, 8 in Philadelphia and 5 in Arizona.
 
Will removed mail equipment be restored?
 
DeJoy doesn't say in letter & we need answers
 
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Questions members of Congress should ask DeJoy:
 
-will 671 mail sorting machines removed or slated to be removed be restored?
-will USPS charge states first-class rates for ballots?
-will USPS be allowed to deliver all mail they receive in day?
-will overtime be approved?
 
Also USPS workers have been told to leave mail behind
rather than take extra time to deliver.
 
That could lead to major mail ballot delays.
 
And what about making states pay first-class rates for ballots?
 
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2 hours ago, jakeem said:

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New images obtained by ABC News appear to show mail sorting machines -- critical pieces of equipment used to speed up the mail delivery process -- sitting in parts inside a postal facility in Portland, Ore.
 
12:54 PM · Aug 19, 2020·Twitter Web App

 

1 hour ago, jakeem said:

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DeJoy “frankly admitted that he had no intention of replacing the sorting machines, blue mailboxes and other key mail infrastructure that have been removed and that plans for adequate overtime, which is critical for the timely delivery of mail, are not in the works.”
 
2:27 PM · Aug 19, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

 

1 hour ago, jakeem said:

 

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Speaker Pelosi spoke with Postmaster DeJoy this morning, calls his announcement yesterday “wholly insufficient.”
 
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2:26 PM · Aug 19, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

The trump stooge playing Postmaster General is not going to get away with destroying the US Postal Service.

This unconstitutional tyranny by trump against the US Postal Service has created a United American front against his presidency--

 and I doubt trump even knows what a boomerang is.:D

 

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Susan Collins Engineered the USPS Disaster She’s Now Protesting

 

Trump may be trying to sabotage the election, but the war against the Postal Service goes back decades.

............In 2005, she sponsored and introduced legislation, the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA), that required the USPS to pre-pay the next 50 years worth of health and retirement benefits for all of its employees—a rule that no other federal agency must follow. As chair of the Senate oversight panel at the time, she shepherded the bill’s passage, along with her House GOP counterpart Tom Davis, during a lame-duck session of Congress. It passed by a voice vote without any objections—a maneuver that gave members little time to consider what they were doing.

 

To meet the mandate for prefunding USPS’s health and retirement benefits, the measure required the Postal Service to place roughly $5.5 billion into a pension fund every year between 2007 and 2016, followed by sizable additional payments,

making it impossible for the institution to run a profit.

To make it even harder for the USPS to make money, the law prohibited the agency from any new activities outside of delivering mail......

Collins’s role in passing that law has not gone unnoticed in Maine. “She weakened the Postal Service to the point where people like our president can say, ‘There’s a crisis here,’” John Curtis of the Maine State Association of Letter Carriers told the Maine Beacon. Maine Democratic Congresswoman Chellie Pingree last week called the prefunding mandate in Collins’s 2006 law “the number one cause of USPS’s financial enduring problems.”............

https://washingtonmonthly.com/2020/08/18/susan-collins-engineered-the-usps-disaster-shes-now-protesting/

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the Past & Ongoing Threat to the US Postal Service

THE BILLIONAIRE BEHIND EFFORTS TO KILL THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE, that Koch has used his connections, his influence, his vast wealth, one of the richest men in the world first to wreck and ultimately privatize the post office. How has he pursued that goal?

LISA GRAVES: At the end of the Reagan administration, what Koch did was bring onto his team the man who was the head of the Office of Management of Budget for President Reagan, a man who’s a little notorious for being the guy who signed off on the notion that ketchup should be considered a vegetable for school lunches. James Miller came over to Citizens for a Sound Economy. He’s the longest serving member of that board, of that operation for Charles Koch, which now goes as Americans for Prosperity. And from that post, he continued to argue for the privatization of our Postal Service for there to be competition for first class mail..........

https://billmoyers.com/story/bill-moyers-talks-with-lisa-graves-about-the-ongoing-threat-to-the-us-postal-service/

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On 8/18/2020 at 6:39 PM, mr6666 said:
 
Questions members of Congress should ask DeJoy:
 
-will 671 mail sorting machines removed or slated to be removed be restored?
-will USPS charge states first-class rates for ballots?
-will USPS be allowed to deliver all mail they receive in day?
-will overtime be approved?
 
Also USPS workers have been told to leave mail behind rather than take extra time to deliver. That could lead to major mail ballot delays.
 
And what about making states pay first-class rates for ballots?
 
:huh:

DeJoy told Speaker Pelosi that he will NOT undo anything he has already done.  Probably more in the works that is being done, but not uncovered or reported yet.

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The USPS mail slow down is a fast-moving story, but here are 10 facts you should know
 
before Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifies before Congress on FRIDAY......
 
"He's currently slated to appear before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in a virtual hearing on Friday at 9 a.m.
and before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Monday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m."
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10 Things to Know About Trump’s Post Office Scandal

https://billmoyers.com/story/10-things-to-know-about-trumps-post-office-scandal/

 
 
 
(THIS I GOTTA WATCH !)  :huh:
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Top Postal Service Official Details Mnuchin Extortion Effort

The former Board of Governors vice chair speaks out for the first time about the Treasury secretary’s direct effort to force postal policy changes.

 

"David C. Williams, former vice chair of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors, testified before the Congressional Progressive Caucus today that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin played a direct and heavy-handed role in recent changes to postal policy that have led to a critical slowdown in mail service before the election.

“Treasury was using its responsibility to make demands that I believe would turn the Postal Service into a political tool,” Williams said in his opening statement.

According to the testimony, Mnuchin used leverage gained from a CARES Act provision that offered the Postal Service a $10 billion line of credit. Under the CARES Act, passed unanimously by the Senate and by a voice vote in the House in March, the Treasury Department may lend the $10 billion “upon terms and conditions mutually agreed upon by [Mnuchin] and the Postal Service.”

Mnuchin used this opportunity, Williams said, to pressure the Board of Governors to make operational changes, including measures that the new postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, has instituted. Mnuchin was “keenly interested“ in labor agreements, postal pricing, and contractural agreements made with private shipping partners like Amazon, FedEx, and UPS.

Williams resigned days before DeJoy’s unanimous selection by the Board of Governors. At the time, sources indicated that Williams resigned in protest,...........

https://prospect.org/politics/top-postal-service-official-details-mnuchin-extortion-effort/

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‘Like Armageddon’: Rotting food, dead animals and chaos at postal facilities amid cutbacks

........At a mail processing facility in Santa Clarita in July, workers discovered that their automated sorting machines had been disabled and padlocked.

And inside a massive mail-sorting facility in South Los Angeles, workers fell so far behind processing packages that by early August, gnats and rodents were swarming around containers of rotted fruit and meat, and baby chicks were dead inside their boxes.

Accounts of conditions from employees at California mail facilities provide a glimpse of what some say are the consequences of widespread cutbacks in staffing and equipment recently imposed by the postal service..........

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-08-20/usps-cutbacks-post-office-chaos

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15 hours ago, mr6666 said:
 
 
The USPS mail slow down is a fast-moving story, but here are 10 facts you should know
 
before Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifies before Congress on FRIDAY......
 
"He's currently slated to appear before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in a virtual hearing on Friday at 9 a.m.
and before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Monday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m."
:blink:
 

10 Things to Know About Trump’s Post Office Scandal

https://billmoyers.com/story/10-things-to-know-about-trumps-post-office-scandal/

 
 
 
(THIS I GOTTA WATCH !)  :huh:

Kamala Harris is going to send questions in for DeJoy to answer.  Too bad she will not be there to deliver them in person so DeJoy and the GOPers on the panel can really squirm.

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Ex-Postal Service board member /  IG  testifies Mnuchin tried to politicize agency

".........David Williams, a former Postal Service inspector general who resigned in April as the vice chairman of the agency's board of governors, said that he stepped down from his role because he felt the Treasury Department was trying to make the traditionally apolitical agency a "political tool."

“I resigned from the board of governors because I was convinced that its independent role had been marginalized and that representations regarding an independent Postal Service for the nation were no longer truthful," Williams said during a forum hosted by the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

“By statute, the Treasury was made responsible for providing the Postal Service with a line of credit,” Williams said. “The Treasury was using that responsibility to make demands that I believed would turn the Postal Service into a political tool, ending its long history as an apolitical public infrastructure.”

Williams said that Mnuchin "insisted" that all GOP appointees to the Postal Service board of governors and the Postal Regulatory Commission "kiss the ring" before confirmation.......

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/513000-ex-postal-service-board-member-testifies-mnuchin-tried-to-politicize-agency

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Louis DeJoy's testimony appears to contradict recent USPS warnings about delivery of mail-in ballots

DeJoy appeared to contradict warnings his own agency made to 46 states about its ability to deliver election mail

........"The American people can feel confident that the Postal Service will deliver on this election," DeJoy told the committee, committing to Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., that his agency would deliver 95% of mail within 24 to 72 hours of Election Day.

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) warned 46 state boards of elections in letters this July that their deadlines might impede the timely delivery of mail-in ballots, possibly disenfranchising millions of voters. Those deadlines often allow for a week or more of delivery time ahead of Election Day, as well as windows of up to a week hereafter.

When Hassan asked DeJoy for his "detailed plans" to "ensure" the timely delivery of election mail, the top postal agent said he did not think he would be able to hand over complete plans to Congress by Sunday evening. (He is slated to testify again before the House the following morning.)........

Romney asked the top postal official whether he was confident that "virtually all the ballots mailed within the seven days before the election will be able to be received and counted."

"Extremely highly confident. We will scour every plant for each night leading up to Election Day," DeJoy replied. "Very, very confident," he added.

Still, it remains unclear whether DeJoy can be held accountable for his commitment given the ongoing pandemic or recent changes at the agency, such as taking mail sorting machines offline.

DeJoy testified Friday that none will be returned...........

https://www.salon.com/2020/08/21/louis-dejoys-testimony-appears-to-contradict-recent-usps-warnings-about-delivery-of-mail-in-ballots/

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-So just HOW does Both

removing/destroying Hundreds of sorting machines ( that process thousands of pieces of mail per hour)

AND Eliminating the Overtime it'd require  Humans to sort the same volume

NOT effect delivery efficiency???

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let's hear testimony from Postal union & employees???

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Some takeaways from the postmaster general's Senate hearing

"........The kinder, gentler Senate

Friday's hearing with DeJoy was announced after the House Oversight Committee had secured the upcoming testimony of DeJoy and USPS Board of Governors Chairman Robert Duncan on Monday. Johnson said that the hearing was a chance for DeJoy to explain what was going on before he went before a "hostile" Democratic-led House panel.
 
It's safe to say Friday's hearing was more cordial than the reception DeJoy will get before the House on Monday,
a committee that's twice as large as the Senate Homeland Security Committee and contains Democrats known for tough questioning such as Rep. Katie Porter of California and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.
 
Ninety House Democrats sent a letter this week calling on DeJoy to be fired,
including members of the Oversight panel.
 
Another key difference is that Monday's hearing will be conducted partially in a hearing room, and not completely virtual like Friday's hearing. That means the House lawmakers can engage with DeJoy and Duncan face-to-face,..........
 
 
:huh:
 
-We'll see.................
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Any White House or Treasury Dept. involvement with the Postal Service would be a breach of its charter
 
as an independent, nonpolitical public entity, a policy analyst for the nonpartisan Project on Government Oversight said.
 

Mnuchin's role in postmaster's appointment becomes target

The treasury secretary held a series of one-on-one meetings with members of the Postal Service Board of Governors before Louis DeJoy's appointment.
 
......Mnuchin met with Republican board members, as well as with Robert Duncan, the board's chairman, who once chaired the Republican National Committee.
 

All six members of the current Postal Service board were appointed by President Donald Trump, although two members, Donald Moak and Ron Bloom, were recommended for appointment by Democrats.

NBC News attempted to reach the three Republican board members who were in their posts during DeJoy's interview process to ask about the nature of their meetings with Mnuchin, but did not get a response.............

Any White House or Treasury involvement with the Postal Service would be a breach of its charter as an independent, nonpolitical public entity, said Tim Stretton, a policy analyst for the nonpartisan Project on Government Oversight...........

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/mnuchin-s-role-postmaster-s-appointment-becomes-target-n1237553?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_np

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Trump and DeJoy's USPS meddling isn't over — why are Senate Republicans covering for them?

Republicans not only are running interference for the postmaster general — they are also giving Trump cover as he pretends he did not say what we all heard him say.
 
.......... Trump's comments strongly suggest that there is lot more at play. This potential abuse of power — and executive overreach — is why we are supposed to have three co-equal branches of government. Unfortunately, that is not what is happening right now — and Friday's hearing is a good example of why.......
 

House Democratic leaders announced Sunday that they were moving the "urgent" hearing up to next Monday.

I hope this acceleration of activity is a sign that Democrats finally recognize that traditional oversight tactics and timelines, like sending a letter of concern to the Trump administration, are a complete waste of time. Trump is engaged in a deliberate effort to sabotage the November election, and he seems to be enlisting members of his administration to help.

The GOP does not seem quite as concerned. It is no accident that Republicans in the Senate announced their own hearing with DeJoy for Friday in a transparent effort to undermine the House hearing Monday and allow the postmaster general to "tell his side of the story, ".........

congressional hearings are the most effective means of accountability Democrats have at their disposal, they need to ensure that these hearings have maximum impact.

This requires a change in how they are conducted. The back-and-forth format, alternating between majority and minority members, may seem fair, but it is self-defeating and makes it hard to question effectively. The rules can and should be changed so that each side controls a continuous block of time, say 60 minutes, which it could use to ask questions while maintaining a certain level of continuity. It would also make it harder for witnesses to stall for time. The purpose of hearings is to get answers. They should be structured as such.

What is happening right now at the Postal Service could very well be the most consequential variable that determines this election.............

This is the ultimate stress test for Congress. If we allow ourselves to become complacent or distracted, 2020's election may not be free and fair.

And then what happens in 2024? The experiment that is the United States of America will suffer a massive setback. And no one will be able to say we did not see it coming."

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-dejoy-s-usps-meddling-isn-t-over-why-are-ncna1237479

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DeJoy blames delays on a disconnect between production at postal delivery/sorting centers and his edict that trucks leave on time.
 
He proudly showed a chart showing 97% on-time trucks vs. 80-something percent before the edict.
 
But if the mail didn't make it on the truck...
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The point is to *get people their mail.*
 
If the truck leaves *on time* WITHOUT THE MAIL, ............you have not succeeded!
 
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