WASHINGTON (AP) – Facing mounting public pressure and multiple state lawsuits, President Donald Trump’s new postmaster general announced Tuesday he’s halting some operational changes to mail delivery that critics blamed for widespread delays and warned could disrupt the November election.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy said he would “suspend” several of his initiatives – including the removal of the distinctive blue mailboxes that prompted an outcry – until after the election “to avoid even the appearance of impact on election mail.”
“We will deliver the nation’s election mail on time,” DeJoy said in a statement.
The abrupt reversal from DeJoy, who is set to testify Friday before the Senate, comes as more than 20 states, from New York to California, announced they would sue to stop the changes. Several vowed they would press on, keeping a “watchful eye” on the Postal Service ahead of the election.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said she’s pushing ahead with Saturday’s vote to prevent election-year mail changes and provide emergency postal funds.