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Live updates: US Postmaster General testifies before Senate committee

August 21, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 05: U.S. Postmaster General Louis Dejoy arrives at a meeting at the office of Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at the U.S. Capitol August 5, 2020 in Washington, DC. Negotiations between Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows for an agreement on how to move forward on a new relief package to help people and businesses weather the COVID-19 pandemic continue today at the U.S. Capitol. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy will testify before a Republican-led Senate committee this morning following accusations he is intentionally undermining Postal Service operations. Follow the latest here.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro filed a lawsuit against Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and the Postal Service this morning in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told a Republican-led Senate committee that since his arrival, the Postal Service has removed 700 collection boxes, of "which I had no idea that that was a process. "

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, speaking to senators this morning, said he supports mail-in voting and has voted that way "for a number of years. "

"I think the American public should be able to vote by mail," DeJoy said, adding that the Postal Service will support it.

At a Senate hearing Friday morning, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy denied that he changed USPS policies regarding election mail this year.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said he did not speak to President Trump about controversial operational initiatives that some Democrats claimed could undermine mail-in voting ahead of the election.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy defended his leadership of the US Postal Service this morning during his opening statement, and assured the Republican-led Senate committee that he and USPS are committed "to delivering the nation’s election mail securely and on time. "

DeJoy stressed the USPS is "at fundamental risk" of not fulfilling its mandate in coming years "to provide prompt, reliable, and universal postal services to the American public – in an efficient and financially self-sustaining fashion" due to the financial hardships that have been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

The hearing is the first time that DeJoy, a fundraiser and ally appointed by President Donald Trump, will publicly answer questions about recent changes to the US Postal Service that have sparked public outcry.

Harris is one of six Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where DeJoy is testifying for the first time amid an uproar over cuts to USPS service that Democrats warn threaten the ability for mail-in ballots to be delivered in a timely fashion.

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