Democrats, USPS officials and the Trump White House feud over the Postal Service.

  • The US Postal Service has emerged as an unlikely flash point in the 2020 elections. 
  • Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a businessman and major GOP donor, is at the center of the partisan feud that promises to dominate headlines and campaign messaging at least through November and possibly well beyond then. 
  • The battle is about to heat up as DeJoy prepares to testify before the Senate and House in the coming days about the controversial planned overhauls he just postponed until after Election Day. 
  • Here’s Insider’s list of the key players to watch in the White House, on Capitol Hill and at the USPS as the fight over the Postal Service emerges as a dominant campaign issue in 2020. 
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The US Postal Service has emerged as an unlikely flash point in the 2020 elections. 

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a businessman and longtime major GOP donor, is at the center of the partisan feud that promises to dominate headlines and campaign messaging at least through November and possibly well beyond. 

DeJoy, who took the helm of the US Postal Service in June, is under fire for cost-cutting moves he made that have massively slowed down mail and package delivery even as the country anticipates a surge in the use of mail-in ballots in November while the coronavirus pandemic shows no sign of slowing soon.

His critics — including congressional watchdogs — are sounding the alarm over DeJoy’s overhauls, which they warn are aimed at sabotaging the timely delivery of ballots, and his possible financial conflicts of interests. And President Donald Trump himself has indicated that he would not sign into law a bill dedicating money for the Postal Service, repeating false claims that mail-in-voting leads to fraud. 

The battle is about to heat up as DeJoy will testify before the Senate and House in the coming days about his planned overhauls, including reassigning 23 postal executives, eliminating overtime work and pay, and removing some mail sorting machines.

DeJoy backed off on the changes ahead of the hearings, announcing he would delay them until after the November election “to avoid even the appearance of an impact on election mail.” But critics including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi remained skeptical.

Here’s Insider’s list of the key players to watch in the White House, on Capitol Hill and at the USPS as the fight over the Postal Service emerges as a dominant campaign issue in 2020: 

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