The agency said in a statement: “The Post Office has sufficient capacity to adjust our nationwide processing and delivery network to meet the projected volume of election and political mail, including any volume that may increase in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. .”
Later on Monday, Trump once again attacked mail-in votes at a press conference, saying: “How will you do this for the entire country? They are using Covid to try to get mail-in votes.”
Trump added: “For many years, the post office has not worked very well-excellent workers and everything, but they have old equipment, very old equipment,”
In a letter sent to Congress on Monday, attorneys for the U.S. Postal Service argued that the internal memo obtained by CNN provided advice on evening travel and additional travel for postal personnel, and did not originate from the postal headquarters and therefore “no Should be regarded as the postal official statement. Service policy.”
Although the letter did not elaborate on the “steps” that the U.S. Postal Service may take, it acknowledges that it may have an impact on mail delivery, “As with any such management work, any temporary service impact will be monitored and any problems will be identified. The root cause will be resolved when necessary and corrected as appropriate.”
The spokesperson said in a statement to CNN on Thursday that there may be “temporary service impacts,” but any such impacts will be monitored and temporary because the root causes of all problems will be resolved as needed. And correct it as appropriate. “The spokesperson did not refute the ongoing changes.
Members of Congress allocated $25 billion to the USPS through their coronavirus package “CARES Act” in March, but the Trump administration blocked the funding and instead provided $10 billion in the form of loans and asked to include ” “Reform” as a condition. loan.
Trump said on April 24: “If they don’t raise the price, I won’t sign anything.”
The House Oversight Committee invited House Oversight Joey (DeJoy) to testify on September 17, which was a sign of Congress’ concern over the possibility of delays.
The chairperson of the panel, New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney (Carolyn Maloney) wrote that she asked for testimony “to check the latest changes in U.S. Postal Service operations and standards and to be on time during the ongoing pandemic and upcoming elections. The need to deliver mail. As you know, it may be done mainly by mail voting.”
When CNN asked whether the postmaster would appear on the committee as requested on September 17, the USPS did not answer, but forwarded all queries to the committee.
On Monday, this story has undergone other development.
CNN’s Ellie Kaufman, Pamela Brown, Sarah Westwood and Kristen Holmes contributed to this report.