1. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. James Comer, (R) Kentucky:
"Last year in this committee, Democrats spun wild conspiracy theories about Postmaster Dejoy's plan to steal the election by removing unnecessary blue postal boxes and underused mail sorting machines. History has already shown that baseless conspiracy theory to be untrue."
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2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Jim Jordan, (R) Ohio:
"They accused you of things... they said you were restricting overtime, false. They told you all you were taking the collection boxes, doing something had never been done before, even though had been done by every previous postmaster general, 12,000 of them had been moved by the Obama administration postmaster general. But somehow you were the worst. Again, all under the guise of creating this this crazy chaos that they wanted around the election, relative to mail-in balloting. And you were the guy they used to launch it all to start it all in the summer. When everyone was calling, saying, all kinds of you were I mean, you were like I said, they had you as the worst guy on the planet back then and now everything, oh, it seems to be so much better now."
"U.S. District Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima, Washington, upheld a challenge by 14 states and enjoined the Postmaster General to stop what he was doing and said the states have demonstrated that the defendants are involved, the defendants being Mr. DeJoy and company, they are involved in a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the postal service. That's not some partisan Democrat. That's a federal judge."
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4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Louis DeJoy, Postmaster General
"Let me say at the outset that we must acknowledge that during this peak season, we fell far short of meeting our service targets. Too many Americans were left waiting for weeks for important deliveries of mail and packages. This is unacceptable, and I apologize to those customers who felt the impact of our delays. All of us at the Postal Service, from our board to our leadership team, to our union association leadership to every employee, strive to do better in our service to the American people and we will do better."
Republicans and Democrats clashed over the 2020 presidential election and Louis DeJoy, the former President Donald Trump's controversial postmaster general at a House hearing on postal reform Wednesday.
DeJoy came under fire during last year's presidential election for making changes to the postal service, such as reducing overtime, eliminating dropboxes and discarding mail sorting machines, all moves that Democrats saw as designed to curb the effectiveness of mail-in balloting and help Trump's re-election effort.
"History has already shown that baseless conspiracy theory to be untrue," said Republican Congressman James Comer of Kentucky.
"Somehow you were the worst," said Rep. Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio.
"Again, all under the guise of creating this crazy chaos that they wanted around the election, relative to mail-in balloting. And you were the guy they used to launch it all to start it all in the summer," Jordan said.
"It was a federal judge who found it politically motivated, not a Democratic critic," said Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia.
DeJoy apologized for delays in mail delivery in recent months.
"All of us at the Postal Service, from our board to our leadership team, to our union association leadership to every employee, strive to do better in our service to the American people, and we will do better, he said.
Lawmakers are weighing reform legislation to put the US Postal Service on a sustainable path forward.
"The years of financial stress, underinvestment, unachievable service standards and lack of operational precision have resulted in a system that does not have adequate resiliency to adjust and adapt to changing circumstances," DeJoy said.
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