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Trump's postmaster general personally ordered USPS overtime cuts: Report

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Former President Donald Trump's postmaster general reportedly directly ordered cuts to overtime pay for USPS workers, contradicting his congressional testimony.

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington obtained a memo purportedly showing that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy directed the cuts to overtime that sparked controversy last summer.

"Throughout the summer, USPS faced operational challenges due to postal workers taking the paid leave granted in the COVID Phase 2 bill. These operational challenges and service delays are separate from the recent plan put forth by the Postmaster General (PMG) to reduce overtime," the memo read under a section heading called, "USPS Operational 'Shift' to Reduce Exorbitant Overtime."

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The memo's suggestion that the plan to reduce overtime was "put forth" by DeJoy appears to contradict his congressional testimony in August, in which he denied having directed a reduction to overtime.

"I did not direct the elimination or any cutback in overtime,“ DeJoy told the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Aug. 24.

DeJoy's actions sparked controversy from Senate Democrats, who wrote a letter to the postmaster general last Wednesday accusing the Trump appointee of "concerning practices ... including management rejecting most overtime requests."

Republicans have defended DeJoy, with Rep. Ralph Norman of South Carolina accusing Democrats of pushing a "false narrative" that's an "insult." Rep. Mark Walker said DeJoy was "viciously attacked" by "false accusations" during the same Aug. 24 hearing.

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A representative for USPS did not immediately reply to the Washington Examiner's request for comment.

Tags: News, USPS, Louis DeJoy, Coronavirus, House Oversight

Original Author: Carly Roman

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